Visual Study in Luxury: Designer Reem Acra

Reem Acra runway show

A brief glance at anything designed by Reem Acra is a visual study in luxury. The eponymous label started with a bridal collection in 1997. Today, it includes timeless, elegant, and immaculately crafted ready-to-wear and runway pieces that consistently meet the demands of the world’s most glamorous women.

Is it any wonder that starlets and red carpet mavens count the brand among their favorites? Ornate details, breathtaking embellishments, and quality fabrics are the cornerstones of Acra’s designs, and she prides herself on taking an almost regal approach to design.

No detail is left untouched, no element left to chance — whether she’s designing an exquisite maxi skirt or a stunning ballgown.

How It All Began for Reem Acra

A brand with such a star-studded following is somehow even more impressive when its roots are so humble. That’s precisely how the Acra brand was developed.

It was in ’97 when a close friend requested that the Beirut native design a wedding dress for her special day. She accepted and met the challenge — and the rest is sartorial history. Acra photographed the dress and shared it with the media.

By ’99, Acra was ready to stage her first runway show. Saks Fifth Avenue came calling, and it was in that same year that she designed some 30 dresses for the retailer.

The success of this mini collection was immediate, and it spurred the opening of more than just more stores and production facilities — it also created a loud demand for even more clothing. Before long, Acra was designing everything from classy gowns to luxe ready-to-wear for the masses.

What Makes Reem Acra Designs So Special

Acra has an innate ability to take anything and give it the luxe touch. Even pieces with certain vintage allure, like capes and bustiers, take on a dramatic stance when given the Acra treatment.

The designer doesn’t hold back, applying a distinctive technique that involves hyper-attention to detail. There are intricate folds that transform basic skirts into head-turning works of art, delicate drapes that lend intrigue to otherwise simple silhouettes, and dynamic accents, like sequins and tulle, that seem to give everything the Midas touch.

What to Purchase

We can dream, right? If your sartorial pursuits (and your checking account balance) are pointing you in a decidedly more glamorous direction than you ever imagined, your first stop should absolutely be Reem Acra. Here are a few picks that simply sizzle — and are guaranteed to be forever favorites.

Reem Acra blue gown with cape detail

In the interest of embracing your inner glam goddess, this Cape-Effect Gown ($3,995) doesn’t hold anything back. The sumptuous feel of silk-chiffon fabric, dramatic in royal blue, will invigorate your night-out look in an instant. Gold lace trim enhances its otherworldly beauty, while the cape-style overlay breaks away from traditional evening gowns.

Pair it with strappy gold heels for a stunning look.

Navy caftan dress by Reem Acra

If you’re ready to break away from LBD territory but still want to stick in the neutral world, you’ll appreciate the effortless beauty of the Embellished Caftan Dress ($2795).

The soft flow of silk feels heavenly against the skin, while long sleeves and a V-neckline lend it classic appeal. The beaded neckline sets it apart from other evening attire and adds a touch of sparkle and shine to your ensemble.

Reem Acra embellished peplum topTake your wardrobe in an entirely different direction with a top that is as glamorous as any evening gown in your closet.

The Embellished Peplum Top ($1198) is crafted entirely of Guipure lace and finished with delicate snap fasteners for contrast. The lacy finish is exquisite from the smart neckline to the peplum bottom, making it a fab partner for a pair of heels and flowing pants.

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Tanya

Tanya is a seasoned journalist based in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Specializing in fashion, beauty, and travel, she loves to explore new places, read as much as possible, and scour the web for fabulous finds — all in the name of research, of course.