While Reem Acra last season was all about glamour and her signature, extravagant details, for fall (“Let there be light”) there was an ethereal lightness and sense of freshness and fun brought to classic Reem silhouettes (capturing the spirit of many LANE brides). With flower vines woven entirely throughout the collection, tied around models hands, worn as regal crowns, held as cascading bouquets and draped down endless trains, there was definitely an ethereal, garden mood to this collection that resonated. Botanical motifs continued with re-embroidery and Chantilly lace choices.
While the pieces were definitely ethereal, there was a drama and edge to the silhouettes and embroidery that slightly reminded us of a more feminine version of the opulent Dolce & Gabbanna gypsy, flawlessly finished with a blush cheek and llip and a regal middle bun. Think a cream silk georgette short sleeve dress with cut outs and signature lavish embroidery as well as taffeta ball skirts with lace crop tops.
Silhouette updates were a big focus and made the collection more suited to LANE brides, than perhaps in the past. Reem told The LANE backstage that, “the collection is a celebration of all that is Reem, you’ll find classism and techniques that reference my early days, but also some new and unexpected additions to always stay ahead of the game”. Dramatic taffeta ball gowns are always present in the collections, but this season’s were made more inspiring for the bohemian and ethereally romantic with cream tulle, barely-there fabrics and sheer nude linings. Imagining this girl, Reem also added some breezy silhouettes and soft draping in silk chiffon that had a Grecian feel. They were beautifully light and had us thinking of golden light streaming through them, backlit by a setting sun or caught up in the wind on coastal cliff tops.
(See more of our coverage from the 2015 Fall Bridal Shows on The LANE Backstage)
Photography: Abby Ross