on September 11, 2012 - 3:28pm
The lights open in a brilliant blue with a runway reminiscent of a reflection pool. As the first models take to the runway, it is apparent that this show is something to talk about. Reem Acra reels us in from start to finish, starting with a sportswear collection featuring a slashing technique that made me think of a tire born, mudslinging pattern. Mainly shown in crisp whites, black and an uncharacteristic spring hue of navy blue, Acra pops color into foot wear selections through use of vivid shades, accenting the importance of selecting classic and transitional pieces while adapting accessories for the budget-conscience.
Acra also stuck to a trend seen across many runways: avoiding skinny pants. This silhouette is on its way out and being replaced by wide legs and trousers. Skinny is not fully gone though, it is moving to skirts and dresses, as the business wear collections feature pencil skirts and structured jackets, with a focus on collars and necklines. While we saw a few high, statement collars at Acra, the feature was a texture change in the lapels, catching light and focusing the eye towards this trend area for Spring.
The lone patterned trench stuck out in a “Why was that there?” moment, but overall Acra scores high marks. We were also a little taken aback by a few highly sequined ombre pieces in soft pink at a time when ombre has been trending out everywhere except on Pinterest.
Moving into evening wear, an area Acra is renowned for, her strong emphasis on modernizing an art deco embellished mermaid silhouette tripped up two of his models. We were left with mouths open, lusting after the slim fit dresses with rhinestone accented sheer side panels -- a little naughty, a little nice, but all high fashion in our eyes.
The overall fashion favorite was a stunning red evening dress that floated down the runway as the model teased your attention to another masterpiece of surprise. The inner silhouette was a sheer netted, slim fit garment with red crystal embellishments and a snake away collar piece running from the bust to the collar bone. An underlying theme of Acra’s collection was also those hidden and beautiful surprise touches that take her one step above her fellow designers.
We at the Fashion Wrap Up offices give the Reem Acra S/S 2013 collection two high heels!
~Jessica Wright @GirlvsCity
Image Source: Style.com