“I wanted to stay in my magical garden,” cooed Reem Acra backstage at her fall bridal show, echoing a quote in the show’s program. “You’ll see lots of ballgowns in this collection, far more than I’ve ever done,” she continued. “That’s what I see for 2017. Yes, we have the mermaids, the fit-and-flares, but really my focus was the ballgown. It’s all about capturing happiness, this mood of lightness.”
Set to an energetic post-punk soundtrack, Acra’s garden nymphs worked the runway with tiny flowers in their hair and lace butterflies across their décolletage. The designer rendered the aforementioned fit-and-flare gowns with plunging lace and illusion bodices and off-the-shoulder necklines or delicate cap sleeves. But it was, indeed, the ballgowns that sparkled — literally, with metallic sequin and floral embroidery — and floated down the runway, thanks to tiered layers of weightless silk gazar and sheer tulle. The show’s closing look, a fully embroidered sheer long-sleeve top and skirt covered in 3-D appliqués, took maximalism to new levels.