Resort 2012: Reem Acra

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Score one more for colorful evening offerings!

One rack of dresses in Reem Acra’s Fifth Avenue showroom brought me back to my Crayola days—cherry red, bright yellow, emerald green… Who says black tie attire can’t be fun?

Reem Acra hails from Beirut, Lebanon, but—fun fact!—she keeps a home in Nashville, Tennessee, a city that lent her inspiration for the season. And while there’s always plenty of tulle in Acra’s formalwear, resort had a decidedly Southern belle bent, whether in the aforementioned color (in addition to the primary shades, there was also a lovely blush pink and mint green) or in the details, like tiers upon more tiers or floral accents.

The flowers were the most consistent thread of the collection, embroidered on gowns or sequined and beaded, made 3-D with fabric adorning ruffled skirts, or in the form of crystal brooches.

Such a more-is-more approach might not be for everyone, but Reem Acra’s loyal customer’s will be tickled pink by the cheery, colorful collection.