For the Suzanne Rae spring summer 2018 collection, organza and charmeuse are used to create delicate, sensual pieces that play with transparency and layers, while luxurious Italian jerseys and knits are used for sporty mobility. Red, the color of passion and desire, dominates the collection while powder blue, the color of celestial skies and the Virgin Mary, counters the heat. Eastern influences and luscious red velvets are also included to offer, at once, both social notions of the exotic as well as attributes of the church.
It is the dichotomy of the profane and the sacred that brings to light the complexity of desire; we desire things because we want to own and be that which the desired object represents. It is within this realm of the sacred and the profane, where desire is not only insatiable but where the desire for the sacred and the desire for the profane are equally good and evil.
Suzanne Rae Pelaez describes her design transformation saying, “While I have been advocating practicality in fashion for the past several seasons, I have had a recent desire to not entirely abandon it but to indulge in creating beautiful little things, purely for the sake of the beautiful thing. That is, I want to make and have little pieces that are collectible, much like pottery or art; little pieces that I simply want to own and gaze at, even if not to wear. They are in turn objects of art, or rather objects of desire.”
Speaking of desire… I’m currently desiring those shiny red slip ons, mod square-toe heels, and of course a throwback fanny pack!