Although the Edwardian era is known for a rigid moral code and repressive social customs, the fashion industry has fallen back in love with the turn-of-the-century period for Fall/Winter 2015. Before you suffocate on the notion of squeezing into the era’s ungainly silhouettes, it should be said that designers are merely borrowing elements from Edwardian style, rather than copping whole looks. Reem Acra has proven to be especially adept at weaving romance and a Belle Époque aesthetic into her fall presentation, by presenting key ideas on flirtatious mini dresses. Talk about an irreverent approach.
Acra knows how to extract fantasy while leaving contemporary style intact, so she outfits her gorgeous frocks with gilded passementerie, metal mesh, crystal embellishment, burnt-out velvet, and sensual lace. She also flaunts excellent sleeve construction techniques, pairing her darling dresses with plissé, leg-of-mutton, bishop, and puff sleeves. There isn’t a single look in the entire collection that isn’t utterly gorgeous, but Acra has always had a knack for such finery. If royal courts existed today the way they did during the reign of King Edward VII, these are the garments courtesans would wear. Simply put, they look royal, and she expresses the idea time and time again by weaving gorgeous, embellished tapestries across jewel-toned silks. For the last portion of the collection, Acra drops the hemline to the ground, and covers sheer fabrics in a dazzling array of sequined embroidery. The couture quality of the work speaks for itself, but suffice it to say it’s easy to get lost in the dreamy, fantasy world she creates.
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