Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. Sparkling Around Town In Reem Acra

September 12, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: From daytime to nighttime, downtown to uptown, Reem Acra’s Spring ’12 collection was anything but dull. Fabrics and textures glistened down the runway ranging from the designer’s signature silk prints to custom beading. A somewhat edgier Acra was seen in pieces made of leather. But of course, these looks were adorned with the designer’s familiar touches: crystal embroidery, jeweled bling and shades of vanilla – while the collection was anything but bland! According to Acra, a well-tailored piece paired with a leather jacket (day) or fur bolero (evening) resembles the perfect marriage. While I don’t disagree, how practical is a crystal embroidered leather jacket for work, anyway?

Acra’s timeless bustier-draped gowns came to life as  both understated and beautiful. As with any finale, it’s only natural the final frock is the showstopper. This season was no different. A golden lime tulle and embroidered v-neck gown was last to grace the Reem Acra floor. It was love at first sight for me. Pallettes cascaded throughout, gradually disappearing as the model’s collar approached; giving the illusion Acra painted on the dress herself.

With award season around the corner, spring is in full-glitz and glam-bloom. Since I won’t, um, can’t (let’s be honest) purchase these gowns myself, I look forward to living vicariously through the celebrities that wear them on the Red Carpet!

Colors: animal print, mineral, golden vanilla, pearl, ebony, shell, midnight navy, olive, liquid aurora iridescent, royal blue, crème brulee, ballet slipper, gold, lavender, bronze, golden lime

Fabrics & Textures: silk, jacquard, charmeuse, chevron, satin, leather, crystal, embroidery, taffeta, draping, tulle, ostrich, fur, chiffon, prints

Key Looks: ebony leather crystal cropped jacket with pearl stretch satin cigarette pant, liquid aurora iridescent silk draped dress, royal blue crepe bustier dress, bronze ombre silk chiffon embroidered short sleeve gown

– Allison Merzel

Photos: NY Mag

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