Fall 2012 New York Fashion Week: Reem Acra

- By Andrea Mestrovic - 

Unalike her familiar and moderately predictable collections of perfectly lustrous gowns, Reem Acra delivers an unexpected line-up of scandalous, nearly warring pieces in what has been labeled her most powerful collection yet.-

In a triumphant attempt to expand her purpose, Acra starts off with constricted, leather, sheath dresses in black, crimson and hunter green.  The mood is commanding as models with forceful, sleek ponytails march to the beat.  Although not particularly inventive, Acra’s leather silhouettes are revitalizing and made for potent feminists.  Her use of color, brushed metals, bionic textures and metaphorical details demonstrate unprecedented technique.
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From a cluster of striking dominatrix to the roaring 1920’s, Acra manages to swiftly change gears and introduces us to her version of the flapper.  Art deco themed, glittering, high neck and short hemline mini-dresses, in metallic gold and silver, shimmered across the runway – a fantastical arrangement of luminosity that only Acra can do this well.
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She ends the show with a series of stalwart, full-length gowns – razor cut to precision.  Although (and in her true fashion) there is no lack of reflective metallics, embroidered sequins and gold beading, a true standout is a tightly fitted, carefully cut-out, black on nude gown.  It is strikingly simple, beautifully cut, but oddly shocking and particularly authoritative – a combination that correctly summarizes Reem Acra’s impressive Fall/Winter 2012 collection.
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With the Academy Awards only 2 weeks away, expect to see more of Reem Acra’s F/W 2012 bests on the red carpet.
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on http://oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea

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