February 14, 2009 New York
For Fall, Acra moved away from froufrou and, partly inspired by the economy, kept things simple. The first look was a jersey turtleneck and fluid crepe skirt; Du Juan wore a subtly shimmering indigo bias-cut column that skimmed her figure like smoke. The showstoppers were four "couture" goddess gowns draped by Acra herself. Zuzanna Krzatala's golden iridescent chiffon number, made of 20 yards of fabric but just one seam, looked like a real Oscar contender.
How is Acra enjoying her moment in the sun? "I'm excited," she said. "It feels like I finally reached my goal through perseverance, hard work, and focus."