Breakout designer: Suzanne Rae


Photographs: Zenith Richards

Who she is: This Brooklynite turned down her medical-school acceptance to attend Parsons’ fashion-design program. After working brief stints at Costume National and Morgan Le Fay, Rae decided to make her own eponymous line (squarespace.com) a reality.

Why we like her: Rae designs for comfort and femininity, so her line is chock full of unfussy clothes that still flatter. What’s more, unlike many modern designers, her pieces are manufactured entirely in New York’s Garment District.

About the collection: Rae was inspired by Jack Kerouac’s classic American novel On the Road to create a Western-influenced collection. The result is less about cowboy boots and chaps and more to do with delicate asymmetrical prairie skirts, graphic ponchos and chambray shirtdresses. Other standouts included neon tap pants, fringed silk-and-hemp shawls and laid-back ruffled gowns.—Laura Lanz-Frolio

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