Reem Acra – New York Fashion Week Spring 2009 Review

Reem Acra, a Lebanese-born eveningwear designer, showed her rainbow-colored Spring 2009 collection at New York Fashion Week and hit a red carpet jackpot soon after with at least five dresses worn by celebrities at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Compared to her dark Fall 2008 collection and a moderately colorful Spring 2008 presentation, Acra really outdid herself for Spring 2009. From flamingo pink, cobalt, and sea green to raspberry, jungle and tangerine, all of the bright colors were eye-popping, with no solid black color in sight. In fact, the only hint of black materialized in a form of a black and white stripe double breasted pant suit, which seemed just too out of place in this vibrant collection.

Inspired by fantasies of treasure-hunting at an attic of a royal palace, Acra used luxurious taffeta, organza, silks, chiffon and lame tulle for her dramatic gowns, dresses, skirts and caftans. Even more volume and texture was added to already full cocoon-shaped and relaxed designs with embroidered sleeves, necklines, and other embellishments; my favorite was the toned down watercolor floral cocoon dress. Thankfully, accessorizing was left to a minimum, featuring only distinctive thin belts in various colors.

Reem Acra’s New York flagship boutique is located at 14 East 60th Street and offers eveningwear, bridal gowns, and accessories.

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