Monday, February 18, 2013


Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, NYC

Designer Reem Acra

 REEM ACRA is a designer who knows what women want from their wardrobes---to look glamorous and beautiful...for day and evening affairs (and bridal, of course).

For Fall 2013, this acclaimed designer gave the ladies looks to lust for...from polished, understated elegant day wear, (highlights-a black cape, a lovely diamond tweed kimono coat, and poncho, leather jodphurs, trousers and skirts)-perfectly accessorized with mysterious Jackie O sunglasses and smooth side part hair with neat buns at the base of the neck... slinky beaded evening gowns, ending with the tulle tiered ball gown confections that are fantasy dresses come to life for modern day Princesses.

The first few looks had us of thinking of another designer, Vivienne Tam---with mandarin collars featured on a few black crepe dresses with embroidered a palette of white, black and red.

As it turns out, for this collection, Reem Acra "...mixed with an urban sensibility, recent travels to Japan are on the mind...(and also) a series of photographs from the artist Daido Moriyama featuring abstracts of the female body on fish net stockings, serve as inspiration for fabric layering, combining such as elements as prints, signature embroideries and leather."

Actress Katherine Heigl sat in front of us---love her Reem Acra blue lace frock....

The evening wear -no surprise, was just fantastic and what the audience was waiting for-our fav picks the stunning red side open crepe gown with fishnet overlays, black gowns with fish insets, and knock out embroidered black and white column gown.

Flattering for many body types and appropriate for a wide age range of wearers--
- with hints of skin showing through. The fitted gowns- are also very wearable-with side or back slits---or flounced hems--- so one can actually walk gracefully on high heels...(note to Oscars' attendees) -with the models confidently walking the catwalk-not strutting in obvious discomfort-something we see at other shows.

Our fav...sequins white column

 The last few looks were the big deal ball gowns-including an ivory tulle one with black embroidered details, a black tulle with red hand embroidered detail, and a black layered silk chiffon...any one of which might look great on a younger actress walking the awards red carpet next month. IMO---the slinky fitted gowns look best on any gal over 30...

Makeup: Pat McGrath
Nails: Gina Edwards for Essie
Hair: Didier sponsored Rene Furterer
side view pics of the show/words-J. Ecochard
video images MB Fashion Week