Reem Acra"s designs epitomize global glamour by offering women her innate fashion sense, European style and understanding of American women. A true luxury lover, Acra delights in making women look and feel beautiful. Her regal designs are developed with a modern aesthetic. The eveningwear, bridal and ready to wear collections all evoke an ethereal quality, which appeals to a discerning clientele including personalities, royalty, and style setting women from all corners of the world.
In 1997, Acra launched her fashion business with a bridal collection that quickly became recognized for its elegance and impeccable designs. This success led to the introduction of the Reem Acra evening collection six years later. Similar to its bridal counterpart, it features meticulously constructed designs ranging from understated chic to ornate gowns. In spring 2008, Acra brought her aesthetic into the ready to wear realm with distinctly modern designs that are marked by rich color, lush fabrics, flawless construction and playful patterns. The Reem Acra flagship, located at 14 East 60th Street off Madison Avenue in New York City, opened in 2003. It is jewel box that houses all the collections and mirrors the brand aesthetic.
While attending the American University of Beirut, Acra was discovered by a fashion editor. Captivated with the ornately embroidered silk organza gown Acra made from her mother"s dining room tablecloth and wore to a party, she instantly offered to host a fashion show for Acra that took place ten days later. Following the serendipitous encounter, Acra studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and its Paris counterpart at Esmod.
A short stint as an interior designer was followed by Acra"s return to her fashion roots working in Hong Kong and New York. A style setting friend wore Acra"s first bridal design to her society wedding and it sparked international interest for the designer and Reem Acra Bridal was born. The gowns became renowned for transforming classic bridal designs through the finest silks, intricate beading and exquisite embroidery.
Celebrated for her ability to match a look to a woman"s personality, Acra has dressed global icons of style for weddings, red carpet appearances and awards ceremonies. Her following includes Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Beyonce Knowles, Catherine Zeta Jones and Eva Longoria as well as royal families around the world.
Acra"s bridal, evening and ready to wear collections are carried by 150 of the world"s most exclusive retailers. These stores include Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue (US and Dubai), as well as Harvey Nichols (Hong Kong, Asia and the Middle East.) Her designs are also available at top retailers in Kuwait, Bahrain Riyadh, Dubai, and Istanbul as well as Singapore and Korea, and in other Asian capitals.
For Fall 2012 designers are inspired by a wide range of influences, from the elaborate details of brocade and metallic gold embellishments to the dynamic mix of military chic and power pantsuits. Colo