Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2018

Reem Acra’s Spring 2018 bridal collection coincided with the label’s 20th anniversary. The collection was inspired by diamonds and offered a breath-taking selection of opulently bejewelled black and white wedding dresses.

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Reem Acra celebrated the labels 20th anniversary with a fabulous fashion show at the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York. It was a nod to the cult Blake Edwards’ movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and also unique celebration of diamonds. The show kicked off quite unexpectedly with twelve gorgeous black evening gowns dripping in jewels and oozing with old Hollywood glamour. They were reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic black dress that appears in the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Although black traditionally isn't bridal, it is the perfect backdrop for diamonds!

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We have never seen so many extravagant pieces of jewellery at a bridal fashion show before! Intricate chokers, chain and pendant necklaces worn in pairs or bundles, dramatic rings and bracelets, statement earrings, bejewelled sashes, oversized pearls, big brooches and shimmery tiaras added drama and opulence to the dresses. The main inspiration for the collection was a large yellow diamond, known as the famous "Tiffany Diamond" which had been safely stored in a special case for years. The last person who wore it was Breakfast at Tiffany’s star Audrey Hepburn, and the designer had to be accompanied by four security guards in order to see it and then make sketches of her wedding dresses. 

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And then there were the wedding gowns – ethereal, romantic and beautifully embellished with jewels, laces, bows and embroidery. Bodices were perfectly constructed to support and flatter the female figure while skirts were soft and overflowing. The silhouettes ranged from exaggerated ball gowns to slinky column dresses and romantic lace frocks, while the beauty look was vampy with side-swept, slightly curled waves and a heavy smoky eye. Accessories like sleek gloves, embellished veils and big bows added a unique twist to the collection. Our favourite details were the long black gloves with the word “love” embroidered on them and a white headband with the same inscription. 

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The combination of white/ivory dresses with black accessories and details was striking and really made the diamond jewellery stand out. There was even a black veil perfectly paired with a silvery-white dress, a black choker and black gloves. An extravagant outburst of colour was the sky blue ball gown adorned with embroidery in yellow gold. We think it is a wonderful alternative for brides who don’t want to wear white on their wedding day. 

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