New York Fashion Week: Suzanne Rae's Poetic Rock-n-Roll in Velvet, Silk and Wool (Photos)

Suzanne Rae orange gown© Photo by Allan Schoening

New York's runways are buzzing with New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Find all of our exclusive coverage of the hottest green fashion here.

Congratulations to Jim Morrison, Aldous Huxley and William Blake for resounding success in playing muse to Suzanne Rae Pelaez for the Suzanne Rae Fall/Winter 2012 collection. Here’s to a job well done in providing poetic and rock-n-roll inspiration, and fueling the designer’s quest for knowledge, spirituality and heightened consciousness.

And thank you from the rest of us who get to enjoy the inspired collection.

Along with music and literature cues, the designer’s past at the ateliers of Costume National in Milan and Morgane Le Fay in New York is also evident in the 20 looks that ran the runway. Dresses, gowns, jackets, capes and separates went the extra mile with fabulous flourishes like surprising cutouts, built-in capes, and unexpected fringe.

Suzanne Rae mullet dresses© Photo by Allan Schoening

Suzanne Rae mullet dresses© Photo by Allan Schoening

Also on display, the designer’s signature “mullet” skirts and dresses--business in the front and party in the back, although in this case it’s more cocktail in the front and black-tie in the back.

Suzanne Rae jumpsuits© Photo by Allan Schoening

The Brooklyn-based designer uses traditional garment construction in addition to experimental draping and patterns, the results are as beautiful as they are edgy. The collection includes hand-screened prints bringing to mind the natural world through wood and fur inspired prints (like the jumpsuit above left) designed in collaboration with artist SamDakota.

Suzanne Rae dresses© Photo by Allan Schoening

A button-up chiffon dress and a wool stretch dress show a range of fabrics used in the collection. In an email to TreeHugger, Suzanne wrote, “this season, we used a bunch of natural fabrics including silks and wools, as we always do…All garments are locally produced in NYC.”

Suzanne Rae velvet dresses© Photos by Allan Schoening

The collection feature earthy and neutral tones accentuated with pops of saturated burnt orange and garnet red. Super rich velvet and the strategic placement of fringe and cutouts turn simple lines into much more than the sum of their parts.

Suzanne Rae built-in cape© Photos by Allan Schoening

Built-in capes? The muses would be proud.

The collection will be available at boutiques around the world, see for a complete list.