“I just want to take you to my world,” read the show notes at Reem Acra’s spring 2016 show. Acra’s world is usually ornate and over-the-top, her gowns distinct for their intricate beading, embellishments and embroideries. For spring, she flew us to a Middle Eastern glamour utopia, where some of the gowns were definitely fit for a queen — Acra is known to dress many royals — yet at times she got overly fanciful. Disney princesses came to mind.
Successful looks were rendered with sophisticated color combinations and the appropriate amount of embellishment: a silk metallic-striped blouson dress in purple, red and orange with floral embroidery or an off-the-shoulder blue-lace minidress with multicolor underlay and embroidered belt. Less appealing were offerings with a palette that leaned toward electric, as in a persimmon blouson-sleeve lace gown with the bottom half of the skirt done in sheer neon-green.