Reem Acra‘s New York Fashion Week SS16 collection was a truly divine experience and a breath of fresh air. By that I mean while watching the collection come down the runway you feel like you’re being jetted off to the other side of the world and dropped off in a bazaar in Marrakech. This is something that I have not yet experienced watching at any of the other shows. You are fully engulfed in the collection and the feel is, in my opinion, the epitome of what a runway show should be.
The 43-piece collection was composed of all dresses and each was a unique and special piece. Saturated tones, splashed with metallic embroidery, bold accessories, and ultra feminine silhouettes gave the collection a regality that put it beyond the average ready-to-wear or for that matter even red carpet option. Sexy necklines in deep v-necks, sweethearts, low scoops and off-the-shoulder were paired with full length skirts as well as shorter skirts both with sheer panels, decadent embroidery and bold patterns.
Contrasting colors and prints were a major component to the collection, as there wasn’t one clear color story, but the rich saturated shades served as the cohesive factor as well as the use of gold and metallic tones on all of the pieces regardless of the color. Acra didn’t stray from the SS16 trend of floral, making sure to incorporate it as well as the sheer trend into many of her looks, but not overtly so. Other notable details in the collection included the use of tassels, intricately detailed belts and the turban-esque head wraps which further told the story.
– Carmen N. Turner
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