New York—Reem Acra was the first one to say it during Bridal Market, "I want the bride and the bridal industry to be happy even during this economy." Her collection, based on inspiration from fairytales, is certainly able to transport many a bride to a happy place.
From the first gown called Rapunzel (a cascading ivory tulle gathered strapless ball gown) to the last, Princess and the Pea (a laser-cut ball gown), the fairytale princesses floated down the runway.
There was also a touch of color. Cinderella came through with a voluminous light blue silk satin organza ball gown with a gold silk-screened pattern throughout. One of my favorite gowns was Nadia, which had pearl and crystal embroidery that gave a twinkling effect.
Speaking of twinkles, Acra told us that this was one of the few times she had put veils on her models, and she wanted to give them a starry look with crystals sprinkled on the veils. —Michelle Preli
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