The stories were right: The articles and countless admiration comments from Top editors, Bloggers, Fellow designers, A-list celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Ali Larter and Beyoncé, just to name a few, follow her work. Reem Acra is legendary. When it comes to Evening wear, Reem Acra is Queen.
“The Reem Acra Spring 2013 Collection comes to life with a modern attitude. Evoking Aaron Young’s famous series of motorcycle inspired works, the abstract and destructive energy of his pieces are taken to create a defined, sophisticated and compelling statement on modern femininity. Wearable art that speaks to and inspires women while giving them a commanding voice personifies the evolving female identity. Modern tailoring is executed through laser cuts, vivid colors and uniquely juxtaposed elements, defining the powerful female form. Evening is evoked through the use of geometric cut materials, molded to the body and accented with Reem Acra’s signature use of embellishment.”
Evening gowns that evoke a sense of motorcycle-chic toughness? Reem Acra, the same designer that creates some of the most elegant bridal gowns to date like the one LeAnn Rimes wore on her wedding day, made the impossible possible on Monday afternoon at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.
Expertly placed laser cuts on the gowns were certainly conspicuous but by no means tawdry. In fact, the laser cuts paired with elegant colors of midnight navy and ivory with pops of vermilion, green and gold along with Acra’s signature embellishment — this time hand embroidered rope details and sequins — on the simple silhouettes were the perfect juxtaposition Acra wanted: good girl goes bad.
“She’s an elegant woman who went bad for a moment and came back,” Acra said. “She’s powerful, she has the same attitude. It’s springtime, so she wanted to be a little bit artsy. So she went with the ivory and kind of a bold print.”
Each piece in the collection, especially the form-fitting dresses, did conjure up a bit of badness, especially the eye-catching dresses with cut out panels, some of which were small, while others were entire backs or side. Those aforementioned dresses rouse the question, “Is she naked, or is she not?” in a way that is still elegant but brings that modernity Acra is channeling.
“She wanted to be a little bit more sexy, a little bit more daring,” Acra explained, showing some of the cut outs in her dresses. “But so modern this time, even more than last time. You will see a lot of modern attitude.”
Perhaps it’s because Acra is looking to widen her audience. Having began with a bridal collection before moving to ready-to-wear, Style.com wrote that Acra was “courting a younger crowd the past few seasons.” And it’s working; Isla Fisher most recently donned a Reem Acra from her Resort 2013 collection to the premiere of “Bachelorette” in Los Angeles.