Yes, the Reem Acra Spring 2016 collection was one that many fellow designers were drooling over. The sumptuous runway was filled with exotic gowns fit for a queen. The color palette was lush and richer than almost any other collection I observed over the week. I suspect that was all thanks to the big blooms of embroidery and golden embellishments all over the dresses.
The show had an Arabian Nights theme. You could see it in the set, the silhouettes, and the styling. Specifically, the look was based on the French film 1001 Nuits, a rather campy film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sheherazade. Lots of flowing, sheer fabrics were trimmed in gold. Midriff-baring looks were embellished with sequined, jeweled or heavy thread embroidery.
You had your choice of full-length gowns and tunics or super-short cocktail dresses. On many of the looks, the waist was heavily embellished. It looked like it was wrapped in a sash, or the jeweled medallions or ropes and tassels wrapped there were reminiscent of more of menswear details of this era. However, I read that Reem Acra has a certain fetish for belts, so I guess it’s not a surprise that so much of the design details were centered at this part of the body. I love the metallic Lurex thread woven into floral prints and stripes. Other details like headbands, and metallic shoes rounded out the styling.
While the inspiration may have been exotic, the bohemian, Middle Eastern vibe is exactly on trend for the 1970s style resurgence going on right now. Reem Acra's Spring 2016 collection just found a more luxe way and more interesting way to execute it.
|all photos by Mariana Leung|