June 19, 2013 New York
Reem Acra has been catering to a more youthful customer lately, and showed a fresh Resort collection that had what she called "a signature sophisticated look with a more playful attitude." A series of colorful lace cocktail dresses (in shades such as hibiscus, grass green, and sky blue) captured the designer's vibrant approach this season and should appeal to boldfacers such as Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez—both of whom have worn the label lately. Even Acra's characteristically elaborate occasionwear felt sleeker and modern here. A case in point was the streamlined red cap-sleeve peplum gown in that same lace embroidered on tulle for an illusion effect; it's "coverage in a sexy way," said Acra. Another standout was a slim white column-shaped evening number featuring a high neckline bejeweled with Swarovski Crystals. In the past, she might've done a similar look with allover embellishment, but keeping things comparatively pared-down is paying off for Acra.
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