Reem Acra’s ‘Adore’ Gown Adorns Kansas City Bride, Lauren

Our Bride, Lauren, wearing Reem Acra, Adore gown.  Lauren wanted a gown that was elegant, modern, and traditional.  We knew Reem Acra was the perfect designer to accomplish this.  Reem Acra is a renowned international designer known for her breathtaking Bridal Collection.  She combines tradition with a modern aesthetic. The Adore gown did everything and more to represent what Lauren was looking for. 

 “Hi Ismini, Maria, Dorina, and Team, I wanted to reach out and extend a warm thank you to all of you. You have each been an absolute dream to work with! From even before my first appt, when Ismini you helped me compile a wish list of dresses, you instantly knew what I was looking for. To trying them on with you and Maria during my shopping day and helping me select Reem Acra “Adore” which I will forever adore (and keeping me calm when I was indecisive!). To working with you both on the veil. Thank you again for everything!”



Reem Acra Fall 2017 Bridal Collection – New York Bridal Fashion Week

Reem Acra is not just a bridal designer, she is not just a couture and RTW designer.  She is one of the truly innovative and authentically creative forces in fashion that has lasted decades as others have come and gone.  An iconic designer who is equally important in bridal as she is in evening wear – something rarely achieved.  She is an artist in the truest meaning of the word – her choices are unapologetically bold, setting trends as opposed to following them. Her persona is that of  a lioness – fierce with gentle eyes, giving you the sense upon meeting her that she will truly be nothing more or less than who she is – good or bad – which makes her instantly inspiring and trustworthy.


The Reem Acra bridal runway presentation at New York Bridal Fashion Week was a series of gowns that had us on the edge of our seats.  The setting was a pristine, white room with high ceilings and windows everywhere, and thankfully the sun was happy to cooperate with the Fall 2017 presentation!  One gown after another floated down the runway and as each one left us thinking she was the most lovely of all, another appeared to take the title!  The inspiration for the 2017 bridal collection was a “secret garden”, carried over from the designer’s ready to wear collections.  Most of the gowns were ethereal and light, and a totally unique reinterpretation of the romantic wedding dress.  Re-embroidered lace, silk crepe, silk organza, and brocade – all of the finest bridal fabrics you could ever dream of – were expertly draped into wedding gowns that are totally unique yet completely timeless.

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The models wore their hair in loosely braided halos, woven with flowers and the makeup was fresh and rosy cheeked – as one would expect in a secret garden!  The accessories included 3-d butterfly tattoos, beautiful lace wrist cuffs with three dimensional organza petals (our new favorite for the season!), and the occasional matching veil or tulle cape.

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Signature details in the Fall 2017 collection included tiny grosgrain ribbon bows and 3-d organza petals, placed as finishing touches on several of the gowns, veils and tulle capes. Silhouettes ranged from soft A Lines to sheaths, sprinkled with a few ball gowns for good measure!  We noticed that as the skirts became fuller, the details became more subtle, so that every dress felt equally special and part of the same collection.

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One of our favorite gowns from New York bridal market is the beautifully sculpted mikado ball gown below.  The curved strapless neckline, expertly draped bodice and subtle dip in the back all come together for an incredibly modern yet feminine wedding gown that epitomizes classic American style – think updated Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn…

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As always, Reem Acra brings the most fashionable of ready to wear trends to the design table, reinterpreting them with subtle finesse into her bridal collection.  Dramatic sleeves were no exception, and we saw the perfect version of each – from 70’s chic bell sleeves, to peasant sleeves, to bloussant beauties that transported us to an era of vintage romance!

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Modest off the shoulder necklines were also featured and continue to be a trend for Fall 2017, highlighting the shoulders and collar bone of the bride rather than her décolleté.

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The back details on several of the gowns were so beautiful, they were like canvases of embroidery and lace on the bride’s back.  Sweetheart necklines were scalloped – trimmed along the shape of the lace for an organic shape that felt natural to each wedding dress and like artwork at the front of each gown.

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Another ready to wear trend Reem Acra carried over into her bridal collection beautifully is cut outs.  Sure to become a signature gown in the collection, the “Carla” gown below features a demure, high neckline in direct contrast with two large cut outs of alençon lace along the skirt!  The draped cap sleeves and open triangle back (finished with a bow) all come together for a bridal sheath that is sure to be a favorite among the most fashion conscious of Fall 2017 brides!

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Secret gardens aren’t only filled with whimsical fairies…they also have their confident princesses!  Peplums are the statement of the season, giving skirts dimension and movement with every step the bride takes.  These are followed by ballerina inspired wedding dresses that are light and billowy and in one word – dreamy.

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Be among the first brides in the country to shop the Reem Acra Fall 2017 bridal collection, straight off the runways of New York Bridal Fashion Week during our trunk show November 18-20, 2016!  By appointment, 312 787 0920 or via email.

Several of the images featured in our blog were generously provided by Collin Pierson Photography…



Reem Acra Spring 2017 Bridal Runway Presentation at New York Bridal Fashion Week Part I

The Reem Acra bridal collection is always a highlight of New York Bridal Fashion Week.  As we waited for the runway presentation to begin at New York Bridal Fashion Week, the anticipation of retailers, magazine editors and fashion bloggers alike could be felt throughout the room.  Everyone was eager to see the latest creations of this world renowned designer come down the catwalk!

Reem as always, did not disappoint as one breathtaking wedding dress after another left everyone inspired and eager to show them off to their brides all over the world!  Thankfully, we had photographer Collin Pierson of Collin Pierson Photography with us to capture each and every gown just as it came down the runway to share with you!

Here is part I of our blog on the Reem Acra Spring 2017 bridal collection!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

The first bridal gown was an off the shoulder sheath with sparkling embroidery and the most perfect lace up back we have ever seen!  Style points: She has a corset fit bodice to shape the bride’s body beautifully and cinch in the waist. The sheath skirt skims the hip lightly for a soft silhouette showing off the bride’s figure, yet moving with every step she makes.  We love the combination of a fitted bodice and a whimsical skirt…and that back is as remarkably beautiful as it is unexpected!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

The next lovely featured a sheer corset bodice that gave way to a soft A line skirt.  Style points: The details of this dress are truly dreamy…delicate laces layered upon each other for a beautiful dimensional effect.  While the silhouette is an A Line, lace tendrils drip down from the bodice, restraining the volume of the skirt so that it never overwhelms the bride and instead has a lengthening effect.  Underneath the top layer of tulle, there is a layer of very subtle sparkle – just enough to set off the lace work beautifully and ensure the bride will be the centerpiece of her wedding!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

For the princess bride, Reem Acra has designed a timeless confection.  Style points: The designer’s signature corset bodice is covered in embroidered lace and features a high sweetheart neckline that is uniquely demure.  The princess A Line skirt features tulle layers finished with extra wide horsehair, providing just enough weight to restrain the frothiness of the skirt.  Breathtaking is an understatement when describing the impact this wedding gown had coming down the aisle!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

 What we adore most about this dress is the train.  The Reem Acra statement for the season can be found in this incredibly long train, which was created to be pulled up and over the bride’s face for a mantilla veil effect that is unimaginable!  The designer added lace appliques along the horsehair of the train to tie the look into the gown perfectly.  When asked about bustling such a long train, Ms. Acra replied, “You must cut it off after the ceremony!” as if this were the most obvious thing in the world.  We had to admit her daring and innovation is what makes her so important to fashion – a true artist.  Ultimately, the subtle creativity hidden in this wedding gown is what makes the dress incredibly special!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

There is nothing we love more than offering our brides options…we love to “say yes” to all of our brides’ dress dreams!  You can imagine our delight when we realized this next gown would allow us to give our brides the sun, moon, and stars!

Style points: going down the aisle, this bridal gown has a billowing organza overskirt which is undetectable – the skirt’s lace tendrils blend in beautifully with the bodice of the more fitted alencon wedding dress hiding underneath.  When the bride is ready, she can remove the overskirt and dance the night away in her gorgeous lace sheath  – which is effortless, chic, and still very bridal.  The cap sleeves on the bridal gown are also removable – and can be taken off whenever the bride decides she wants to show off her shoulders (or raise the roof as it were)…sun-check, moon-check, AND stars-check!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2017

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Featuring white on white linear artwork, the next bridal gown is a modern take on the princess bride.  The sparkling sequins have a spun sugar effect, adding just enough sweetness to this contemporary design.  We love the sheer illusion sleeves to the elbow and the high scoop neckline – modest wedding dresses have become so uncommon that they now have the greatest impact coming down the aisle!  This minimalist design is uber chic yet still very feminine and classic!

These Images are from the New York Bridal Market Spring 2017 Preview on April 15, 2016 in New York City, NY. All Images © 2016 Collin Pierson, Collin Pierson Photography.

Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2017

Dimitra’s Bridal Couture is proud to be the exclusive retailer for the Reem Acra bridal and evening collections in Chicago.  Join us as we debut the Spring 2017 collection during our upcoming trunk show, June 24th – 26th.

We cannot wait to show off these incredible gowns to our brides!