Reem Acra‘s Fall ’19 collection was an ode to her iconic classic roots, yet this season found a fresh perspective as undertones of an edgier, high fashion feel made way. The collection was an exploration of new dimensions for the designer as she boldly took on new textures, silhouettes and above all, a uniquely interactive event like no other.
Snapdragons and vines scattered the room while an avant-garde canopy of lace lined the runway, transforming the New York Public Library’s Gottesman Hall into an extravagant and magical night garden. Three dimensional blooms dotted veils and sheer dresses, slimline silhouettes took lead over ball gowns and decadent beading cascaded down silks. Influences of the exotic tied into the styling of the collection as Geisha inspired headdresses sculpted into gilded gold florals topped veils while centre parts, statement earrings and feather gloves gave a nod to a more Spanish feel.
‘Night Light’, a shimmering champagne gown drenched in delicate glass beads and trimmed in lightweight feathers that fluttered down the runway. Art nouveau motifs and a trailing sheer cape gave a slight nod to old world Hollywood glamour, made to light up an evening under the stars.
At the end of the show, drapes were pulled back to reveal cascading blooms falling from the ceiling and haloing an infinite table of classic touches. Adorned in delicate white roses, crystal glasses and softly wrapped place settings, event designer Preston Bailey set the space for an intimate soiree. Brides dressed in new season talked amongst each-other around the table on show as the audience watched on in awe, bustling to take it all in and capture the moment.
Reem Acra is not for the faint hearted. Made for a lavish wedding of the grandest of scales, your day should match the impact and beauty of the collection. A dramatic venue with high vaulted ceilings, an infinite aisle and decadent lighting will allow the dress to come to life. Alternatively, if not blessed with the freedom of space, introduce drama with overflowing sculptural flower installations floating from the ceiling or lining the aisle.
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