Judging from her booming bridal business, which attracts A-list celebrities and socialites alike, her role as a judge on Dubai One’s Fashion Star, and her recent nuptials, Reem Acra is enjoying a stellar year. The Lebanese designer has set the bar high for Middle Eastern fashion with distinct, uber feminine, and high-octane glamour that blends couture-level craftsmanship with contemporary silhouettes.
For Spring/Summer 2017, Acra traded the clinging column gowns that we saw last season for micro-mini hemlines and bell-shaped top proportions. Although she might have been dishing up babydoll dresses and bubble skirts, you’ve never seen any version as lavishly crafted as those on her runway. The first look signaled the youthful proportions of the presentation with a babydoll dress featuring an off-shoulder neckline, a frothy combination of sheer silk and cascading floral appliqués, and a very brief hemline.
For Spring/Summer 2017, Acra traded the clinging column gowns that we saw last season for micro-mini hemlines and bell-shaped top proportions.
Handkerchief-layered skirts, provocative mini skirts, and short lace dresses showcased miles of leg, but if you’re not comfortable with putting it all on display, Acra included matching leggings with many of the looks. Her neutral palette soon gave way to a brighter array of blooms imagined as floral appliqués, dense embroidery, and maximal multicolored prints. Intense primary colors drew the eye during this portion of the show, especially in the case of multicolored “leaves” that bore a strong resemblance to stained glass.
Eveningwear dropped the hemline to the floor but still revealed the legs through sheer skirts and mullet lengths. The majority of the occasion gowns, however, featured sleeves and silhouettes of immense volume. The final look – a bridal gown made from an incredible embossed silk fabric – cemented Acra’s status as one of the industry’s most sought-after bridal designers.