Fashion Week Preview: Suzanne Rae Looks to Francesca Woodman for Spring

For Spring 2013, Suzanne Rae found inspiration in the photography of Francesca Woodman, whose ethereal, eerie images explore a "woman's ability to be both delicate and strong."

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For Spring 2013, Suzanne Rae found inspiration in the photography of Francesca Woodman, whose ethereal, eerie images explore a "woman's ability to be both delicate and strong," she says. Here, a look at her mood board, which is cluttered with Woodman's work along with lace swatches and a few architecture snaps.
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While we'll have to wait until after Fashion Week to give you a a closer look at the clothes, Rae offered The Thread a sneak peek at her sketches. "I've been really interested in minimalism lately," Rae told us. "Sort of clean, fresh feeling," which was reflected in crisp silhouettes and a soft pastel palette.
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What we can show you, however, are a few of the design details, which are always a special highlight of Rae's fastidiously-tailored collections. Here, the Japanese "diamond print," which was used for a long, square-shaped blazer with a thin lapel and dainty breast pocket.
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We were totally smitten with Rae's dreamy jersey pieces in bright white, which—true to form—were finished with unexpected details, like a waist-cinching knot.
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"I love details on the back of a piece," Rae told us. "Somehow, it feels a little more subtle than doing something bold on the front." This polka-dot dress is completely clean when viewed from the front, but a triangle-shaped cut-out at the back adds an unexpected twist.
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Similarly, Rae put a modern spin on a girly white lace frock by adding a triangle-shaped cut-out between the shoulder blades.
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