2009 April 9
(NEW YORK) Reem Acra
“I’ve had enough fashion, fashion, fashion,” said Reem Acra after her fairy tale-inspired bridal show. “I wanted this to be dreamy, dreamy, dreamy. The economy is so bad and we’re all so down, so I wanted to uplift everybody and be light, and provide to all my brides something that makes them happy.” The designer hit those notes with a cheerful, airy collection of dresses with names like Rapunzel, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White. A Rumpelstiltskin dress was embroidered with whimsical flowers, and Cinderella, naturally, was featured pale blue silk with gold silkscreened embellishments. There were several more straightforward dresses as well, namely a draped chiffon goddess gown.
J. Mendel’s bridal collection was shown by appointment--all the better to appreciate the designer’s exquisite details up close. The most traditional of the dresses was a strapless, A-line look with a sweetheart neckline, but upon closer inspection the entire gown was composed of miniscule pleats, painstakingly handmade. From a more structured, mermaid-hemmed gown to a slightly bohemian, bloused dress with accordion-pleat overlay, each look oozed the subtlest, loveliest type of luxury. Of course, it wouldn’t be J. Mendel without those signature furs…and surely some winter brides will be tempted by an impossibly soft chinchilla shrug.
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