Reem Acra Spring 2014 Collection

Posted on September 11, 2013

Tease your hair, strap on your favorite gold something and your dancing heels and hit the dance floor, darlings. Nip slips are not required, but they make a lovely accessory. Yes, it’s 1975 on the runway and Reem Acra has decided to head to the disco. Not the sanitized white-suited, American Bandstand, Saturday Night Fever version of it, though. This is the real, sexy/dirty/glam deal. Oh sure, there’s a little bit of uptown respectability throughout, but the rest of it’s pure downtown underground discotheque. Latin drag queens and Afro-divas inventing the Hustle and the Bump for the masses while a couple socialites crash the party looking for the best blow in town – filtered through a modern runway, of course.  It’s fun. And a nice alternative to the Studio 54 version of disco which fashion people tend to default to most often. We’re dying to see quite a bit of this on the red carpet.




[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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    • Garcia Loca

      I have to admin the polka dot-houndstooth combo intrigues me.

      • jen

        Me too, I gay gasped at that one!

      • marlie

        I think the one with the small and large houndstooth print is intriguing as well.

      • alyce1213

        It’s my favorite piece.

      • Emily Giovanni

        me too! It made me think of Mondo actually.

      • homofascist

        LOVE that piece.

    • Sarah

      LOVE. And also appreciate the appearance of my own hair on the runway.

    • ballerinawithagun

      Dedicated to Halston. Get Down Tonight!

    • The one-shoulder goddess gown with the gold bandeau is Halle Berry’s post-baby comeback dress.

      • decormaven

        I’m dying to see Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams bust out these styles on the American Hustle RC.

    • MilaXX

      I’ll admit they almost lost me with that nip slip dress, but looking over the entire collection, there is a few pieces that would work on the RC. I don’t love the entire collection, but there are some nice looks.

      • DuBey2

        They do flatter the models, don’t they? I can see the last piece (Fireworks dress) on the RC

    • hughman

      The 12th Floor, Andrea True Connection, Virginia Slims, $2 cab rides.

      • zenobar

        You’ve come a long way, baby!

    • Time to break out the clandestine coke vials and lip gloss, toss out all your John Freda anti frizz treatments and meet up in a bathroom stall. Miley Cyrus, come on down sweetie. Forget bringing back the 90s honey, this shit has your name all over it.

      Jokes aside, there were some really interesting moments of pattern mixing, and bold color. I wanted to laugh this collection off, but there are some beautiful and daring choices for the right lady star to make her own.

      • zenobar

        This collections transports me back to the late 70s/early 80s, when I was secretly perusing my mom’s stash of Cosmopolitan magazines, and trying to figure out how to bypass the Maybelline Kissing Potion rollerball and just pour that shit straight into my mouth.

        • YOU are my favorite person on the internet today.

          True story: When I was a kid my stepmom was a chemist for Maybeline. I used to walk around the lab, stuffing all the samples of make up and lip product I could find into my little girl purse. Better than Christmas.

          • zenobar

            Oh my God, I can’t even begin to imagine the majesty of those trips to the lab.

            (On a somewhat unrelated note – why would Maybelline have had chemists, labs, etc? I assumed their products were made entirely of glittery rainbow sugar and the dreams of young girls.)

            • They have to have somewhere to test mascara on baby bunnies.

            • formerlyAnon

              Single sentence retort of the day.

          • alyce1213

            Great story. On a similar note, my dad worked for Revlon for many years. I never got to go to the lab — he was corporate, but he’d bring home goodies (sometimes free samples, sometimes paid-for orders at deep discount). We had the “Revlon closet” in the basement, which was a very popular spot for relatives and friends to visit. Good times.

            • zenobar


            • DuBey2

              Well, Annablle and Alyce1213, y’all’s parents sure do trump My granddaddy who was a chemist. He worked on metallic paints for GM cars, and, no, we Never got any sample cars.

            • 3boysful

              You made me laugh out loud.

            • Well, my dad worked for a commercial laundry and I had the starchiest shirts in gym class. So there.

            • Alloy Jane

              My dad’s a truck driver and I remember him waking us up in the middle of the night to unload contraband. Once it was boxes of deodorant, once a few boxes of frozen pizza dough, but my favorite was when there were Sara Lee Cheesecakes taking up all the real estate in our freezer, which was pretty big. When you’re 10, having cherry cheesecake for breakfast is as good as it gets.

            • Cherry cheesecake for breakfast still sounds good to me!

            • That sounds way better than having extra starch in your perfectly pressed gym clothes.

        • calimon

          My dad was a professor of Spanish. I got free lessons on how to roll my Rs. Plus, he was able to order instructor versions of any textbook, so he got one to help me in Calculus.

          I can just see the green radiating from all your jealousy.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I love the gold details and the houndstooth. Fierce stuff.

    • zenobar


      • Sarah

        Right! Where are her gauntlets??!??

        • zenobar

          I’m sorry to shout, but – I KNOW RIGHT?

          • quiltrx

            Had her, loved her…this is HER collection.

    • Imasewsure

      Where is Lauren Hutton when we need her? Love a lot of this

      • meowing

        This very month, Lauren’s in a fashion spread in More magazine, looking fab!

    • msdamselfly

      GORGEOUS! Love the hairdos

    • Shouldn’t they all have a little white powder on their noses? You know, to represent cocaine?

      • I also thought the sheer gowns should’ve had full bush 70s merkins underneath. But literal interpretations do get dull.

    • Bethany Roullett

      Orange houndstooth… I don’t want to love it, but I DO.

    • formerlyAnon

      Very strongly divided between yes! and meh, for me. My very favorites of the yes! group: #3 floaty polka dot halter, #9 polk dot / houndstooth, #23 my favorite of the long clingy gowns. Also #4 if worn by a man, because I am pretty sure I saw a guy wearing something very similar once, long ago & far away.

    • Jessica Freeman

      I surprisingly love most of this. I fear a few bad red carpet moments are in the future when someone who does not have their Fashion Gold Medal attempts some of the more tricky ones.

      • Jaeda Laurez

        Oh there will be a few misguided souls- I expect the Ginnifer Goodwins and Julianne Houghs to make a valiant attempt, but god willing, most of this will find a home on the right starlet.

        • demidaemon

          This would look way too modern on Julianne Hough. And it would be horrible with her current hair.

    • meowing

      In cleaning out an ancient bathroom, found the remnants of a bottle of Charlie. Shoot, should spray it on and wear one of these metallics. Kinda young, kinda wow…

      • NinaBoo

        There’s a fragrance that’s here today
        And they call it “Charlie!”
        A different fragrance that thinks your way
        And they call it “Charlie!”
        Kind of young
        Kind of now…Charlie!
        Kind of free
        Kind of wow…Charlie!
        King of fragrance that’s gonna stay and it’s here now,

        I loved the Shelly Hack / Bobby Short commercial. For years I tried to flip my hair like hers…memories.

    • CatherineRhodes

      I was surprised that I liked so much of it.

    • vitaminC

      Am I the only one who thinks this is all too literal? Like maybe there should be some kind of new twist?

    • anotherkate

      I love ALL the houndstooth, and that little gold dress in the beginning. Fun collection!

    • Meredith

      Florence Welch

    • Rand Ortega

      All I see is Mahogany era Diana Ross (lots of referencing that of late) heading into Studio w/ a pre- surgical lady Michael Jackson so they can jam to KC & the Sunshine Band, Chic, Alicia Bridges & Sylvester.

      • formerlyAnon

        As a theme for a collection, there could be (& are) worse!

        • Rand Ortega

          Agreed. Sexy nostalgia is the best kind! I love this collection. It’s such a tribute to 1 of the craziest, hottest most distinct eras in fashion. No wonder Rachel Zoe’s obsessed w/ it & everyone 40 years later is still trying to capture it.

    • Tanya Wade

      Finally, all my fantasies have come true. Put your cha cha heels on and stick in your eight track of the Mahogany soundtrack. Pull out the Andrea True Connection 45s and your coke spoon. I live thus collection unreservedly.

    • AnnaleighBelle

      How does any runway model have any hair left after Fashion Week?

      • Kimbolina

        I dunno, but I read an article earlier this week/last week about a model who ended up quitting the business because her skin got so messed up and gross from all the makeup. I’m amazed models haven’t gone bald yet from all the hair torture.

    • Lilyana_F

      Mostly love, but I’d cut a bitch if they try this on my hair! I hear brushes squealing in pain

    • Jacquelyn

      Didn’t like the first few outfits but it got a lot better as it went on. Couple of those gowns toward the end would make good RC dresses.

    • Mrs. Julien

      Glorious. I look forward to seeing these on the red carpet.

    • marlie

      This is really, really beaugiful. I love the gowns and almost all of the dresses. The only ones that seem to have missed the mark are the layered pieces. But even then, the dresses underneath the little shrugs are beautiful.

    • Jen

      The ‘Pretend Stylist’ in me yells “Miley Cyrus” at the first one. Because well…

    • MaggieMae

      Confession time. I looked at this collection and I was SO surprised. Really? This doesn’t seem like Reem Arca’s usual elegance!

      Idiot! (me) I was thinking Naeem Khan. So similar right? Two EE’s. (eyeroll) I’ll go crawl under my idiotic American rock right now.

    • TrishR

      Wow! #23 – that polka dot gown. I have to admit – my fave this week. Maybe because I can totally see myself wearing it. Wearing it – but never affording it. Any volunteers to stitch me up a knock off?!

    • teensmom99

      True to his aesthetic with a lot of surprisingly wearable stuff.

    • conniemd

      Both runway and editorial worthy and also has some clothes that regular people could wear. I loved the houndstooth check, but I’m a fool for that anyway. But it sure doesn’t read spring to me at all.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      Michele Pfeiffer should wear this. All of this.

    • Sara Brams-Miller

      I think I’m in love with the red deep-v dress with the gold belt.

    • SewingSiren

      My 14 year old son was invited to a disco (costume) party last week. None of the girls got it as right as these. Except for the gowns at the end , too literal.

    • shirab

      Tease your hair? That runway hair has been downright bullied. Ouch.

    • Kimberly Wilcox

      Now we’re talkin’! Loving the collection. Dig the mixed prints, and LOVE the use of asymmetrical shapes.

    • Julie Chase

      That polka dot dress with the sparkly sheet overlay needs to be mine when I’m reincarnated to look like Rachel Weisz.

      • filmcricket

        That was my favourite too. I’ve had a lot of scenes of Kate Beckinsale and the Sev in The Last Days of Disco floating around my head for the past week. This kicked them into overdrive.

    • RedRaven617

      I miss the 70s.

    • mmebam


    • Erica_Vuitton

      That hair is Gina Montana Realness. I wish I could watch all the stylists battle for who’s client gets to wear 21 (just when I thought I hated black over nude everything!), 22, and 23.

    • Janet B

      There are some fabulous dresses here.

      I can’t wait for the RC fails from the wrong women trying to make them work.

    • LaSylphide

      Based on TLo’s description and the first dress, I wasn’t expecting to like this collection, but there are a lot of really beautiful, wearable dresses here (and a few not so). Completely love #8 up from the bottom.

      • Trickytrisha

        That’s the one that made me moan. Lovely, delicate print with a touch of green and coral, beautiful draping, and a sexy bandeau. Beautiful, classy, and dammit, not made for a 5’2″, slightly pudgy me.

    • Some of these are *surprisingly* wearable! And I’d love to know how to get my hair like that, as it’s (on a humid day) halfway there already.

    • rage_on_the_page

      A line for the ladies with shoulders! Jessica Biel, please get in line.

    • YoungSally

      Someone is planning a party for DVF, Marisa B and Bianca Jagger

    • quiltrx

      I unreservedly love all the houndstooth pieces…I like the twist of some of it being not-diagonal.
      Some of these are too much Barbie flashback for me (I’m 42, so yeah, mine had these clothes pretty much). And I foresee some droopy boobs on the RC–nothing much in the way of support or ways to deploy underpinnings for a lot of these.

    • clairellis

      These gowns are gorgeous!

    • Jacob Bowen

      OH MY GOSH! This is my FAVORITE collection so far! I liked the first gold dress and I LOVED the Orange Hounds tooth dress and the 2 dresses before it! Gay gasp after gay gasp after gay gasp. Disco fabulous.

    • LesYeuxHiboux

      I mean, I’m sure Selena Gomez is going to love this.

    • demidaemon

      That wasn’t a nip slip; that was a boob pop. Also, I am sure everyone in the audience sat up when they noticed it. I am not sure that was the intention. Or maybe it was?

    • kim bunchalastnames

      there is some deco/disco fabulosity strutting the runway here.

    • Kelly

      Lots of fun dresses, but yikes, what’s with the hair? This is how my hair looks naturally, and it’s been the bane of my appearance since puberty. Total frizz wagon. Frightening. It just astounds me that anyone would make their hair look like this on purpose.

    • Alloy Jane

      Some of it I love, some of it makes me laugh.

    • Corsetmaker

      I may have to dig out the Babyliss crimpers!

    • Lilak

      Digging the houndstooth stuff and one glittery polka dot gown….The rest is either why-bother or just plain laughable. (I’d take “mad” over this any day.).

    • jmorino08

      Take out that nipple-trocity at the top and this is glamazing!

    • tereliz


      er, that is all.

      • J. Preposterice

        that was basically my response, with some additional grabby-hands motions.

    • H2olovngrl

      I can smell the Charlie cologne from here!

    • guest2visits

      Crazy about 8 & 9. …and several more.