"If it were up to me, I'd be doing laundry in one of these gowns," said actress Sophia Bush, who came directly from LaGuardia Airport to Reem Acra's presentation this morning. Acra is not a new entry to the fashion calendar, but the bridal-turned-eveningwear specialist's career seems to be at a tipping point. The designer, who is leaving for Los Angeles with her new collection tomorrow, has racked up at least five red-carpet credits between the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards this year.

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."