After Reem Acra's A/W '14 runway presentation at Lincoln Center on Monday Feb. 10, there's no doubt we'll be seeing one of her designs at the Academy Awards in less than a month. The collection epitomized luxe glamour, with over-the-top furs and gowns with just a hint of edge. Inspired by the idea of an elegant woman walking through Paris, Acra showed three dozen sultry yet mature evening looks.
The collection was overrun with embellishments like feathered tops and beaded column dresses, which reminded us of the Oscar statue itself. We especially loved the outwear — oversized a-line trenches, capes, and vests.
The show began with a bold look — a cocktail dress embroidered with glitter and feathers with a leather bodice that cinched the waist — but the risks didn't stop there. Acra also didn't skimp on the pieces she does well, '70s flavored pieces like oversized fur boleros and sequined drapey party frocks. Even Acra's more buttoned up looks were spectacular including a deep purple wool coat peered with knee length skirt.
Showstoppers included a pink wool coat with thick leather belt, a sequined cardigan coupled with a pencil skirt in pink and black, a sheer embroidered top with glitter belt and feathered black pencil skirt, and a cream silk coat covered in embroidered flowers.
The final third of the line was all about amazing red carpet numbers like a black, gold, and white striped strapless column gown that looked more like flames rising up (think Hunger Games style) and a cherry red ball gown with loose voluptuous bottom and a cutout top. On the beauty side, Acra showed a simple sleek updo with dark eyes and a glossy lip.
Alexandra Finkel contributed reporting.