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Reem Acra

Acra's buzzwords for her Spring 2012 collection should be: froth and foam. Her dresses are a study in weightlessness, with diaphanous tulle and chiffon overlays, capes and wraps that transform the gowns in one simple gesture. Light layers of asymmetric fabrics and details divide dresses into calm and complex all in one.


Organza ruffles romantically wave down one side of a trumpet gown, while a sheer tulle panel envelops the shoulder on the other. Tiny appliqued buds find their way around soft volumes of layered skirts and richly detailed bodices. Pale mint and green tea gowns refresh the palette of whites and ivories. Each dress is its own complete statement; it's up to the bride to choose from a mermaid strewn with hand-stitched tulle petals or a pearl-covered column with a peek-a-boo sheer overskirt.


Acra's addition of accessories adds whimsy to her look. Crimson silk flowers tucked asymmetrically behind one ear; long, bold kid-leather gloves brought a shock of color; and one mustn't forget the hand-jeweled crowns that give a wink and a nod to a certain royal wedding that has just taken place. Her show notes decry, "Yes, I can be a princess too."


Reem Acra seems to be inviting you to her world, where dresses are made of air sprinkled with jewels and petals, and shrouded in magic meant to captivate your groom and guests.

Reem Acra, Spring 2012