Summary: “Feminine power” is definitely the theme of the Reem Acra Fall/Winter 2012 ready-to-wear collection. A dash of skin is just seductive enough without being overtly sexy. The slick red catwalk set the stage for the edgy fabrics and gowns. Leather and metallics mixed with lace and chiffons shows a second skin. The bold contrasting fabrics, patterns and textures come together like puzzle pieces.
The collection seemed to play on simplistic elegance. The gowns were gorgeous with cut-outs or embellishments of beading or lace but not much seemed to stem from that. The major wow factor played simply on the fact that these dresses and leather pieces were made to fit to perfection. Some tried to push the envelope with pieces like the metallic bolero jackets and peplum skirts but many of these items seemed out of place. The line should stick to the dramatic dresses and eye-popping embellishments. It’s what it’s good at and there’s no shame in that.
Color Palette: hunter green, sunburst, ebony, bordeaux, brick, rustic, chocolate, gold, ivory, pinwheel, steel, antique sand, dove, creme caramel, twilight, cafe mocha, firebird, diamond
Fabrics & Textures: leather, beading, lace embroidery, silk crepe, chantilly lace, silk chiffon, cable-knit, felted wool, cashmere, lace, metallic, silk, wool, herringbone, tweed, jeweled detail, sequin insets, tulle, silk crepe
Key Looks: Ebony metallic boucle Eisenhower jacket with leather cuffs over silk chiffon and lace lace blouse with leather collar and cuffs and ebony slim boucle pencil skirt; Ebony silk crepe peek-a-boo gown; Ebony sunburst embroidered one-shoulder silk crepe and tulle gown
– Taneisha Jordan
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