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Inspired by Jack Kerouac's On the Road, Rae's Spring 2011 collection paid homage to themes of the American West. She specifically cited the "vastness of the country's land and the possibilities that it offers" as inspiration.
Rae's hip, prairie-chic vibe was articulated in simple vintage-inspired separates. We especially admired a perfectly tiered lace top and easy silk sundresses wrapped at the waist with bits of white rope.
Her theme took a turn for the literal via a series of charming printed silk pieces illustrated with tidbits of Americana (Chevy convertibles, palm trees, desert scenes), and the styling in general: Rae's models sported tousled braids, teased up-dos, and flushed pink cheeks.
For those who aren't prepared to channel their inner Laura Engels Wilder next season, Rae also whipped up a slew of quirky separates, including pleated velveteen shorts in flourescent chartreuse and a magenta off-the-shoulder number that had everyone (including us) scrambling for their cameras.