When looking for inspiration, Susan Troy doesn’t turn to fashion magazines: she simply observes the world around her and creates clothing from what she finds – from art, nature, history, urban decay. For her Fall/Winter 2013 collection, Susan explains, she let the season inform her designs. “My inspirations for this collection are photographs I took of winter wildflowers and weeds that have endured prolonged weather – raw textures, organic shapes and neutral colors,” she says. “Sprinkled on this canvas of gray and brown are spots of red: brick, carmine, cardinal, burgundy.”
A lot of what inspires her, she says, is juxtaposing textures. For this season, Susan’s second StyleWeek runway show, she says, “This collection is one of simple silhouettes, but the fabrics themselves tell a story.” Expect to see, “Winter tree imagery on cigarette pants in cotton sateen, reverse hand appliqué of wool suiting fabrics and silk organza used to create a contemporary jacket with a hint of nostalgia of winters gone by, and hand-dyed modern fibers.” Just as Susan’s designs are inspired by nature, they are also respectful of it, using eco- friendly materials like bamboo fleece, cotton, soy and modal. As she explains it, “My clothing is modern, thoughtful and sustainable.” Susan Troy will be presenting at 7pm on Thursday, January 31, at the Providence Biltmore.