Reem Acra – Heaven Bent For Leather

Reem Acra is one of those designers who always surprises. Season after season, some major part of what is sent down the runway is remarkably different from past collections in both form and technique, yet the same in passion, creativity and quality. It is like watching Iron Chef, every episode has a secret ingredient. This season she introduced laser-cut leather and went wild and wondrous with its deployment. Ms. Acra, ever the master designer, never pulls the same rabbit out of her hat twice, but you always know it will be a great show.

story by Charles Beckwith
photos by udor and Charles Beckwith

Reem Acra is one of those designers who always surprises. Season after season, some major part of what is sent down the runway is remarkably different from past collections in both form and technique, yet the same in passion, creativity and quality. It is like watching Iron Chef, every episode has a secret ingredient. This season she introduced laser-cut leather and went wild and wondrous with its deployment. Ms. Acra, ever the master designer, never pulls the same rabbit out of her hat twice, but you always know it will be a great show.

Leather wasn’t the only player in this show, however. There were ultra-elegant long silk gowns, glitzy jeweled shirts that shined to high heaven and were matched with ultra-chic long white satin pants, red dresses that redefine the standard, and two formal finale dresses that would take any real life princess’ breath away. Since closing her retail front bridal boutique a few seasons ago, Reem Acra has doubled down on creativity and ingenuity, and there seems to be nothing standing in her way, especially in those shoes.

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