Reem Acra Bridal Spring 2020

Though it is unfortunate that Reem Acra no longer shows during New York Fashion Week: The Shows (NYFWS)—and she is well missed—it is a comfort to know that Reem Acra presents her bridal collections twice a year in New York City during New York International Bridal Week.

And the brilliance and glorious beauty that Reem Acra once brought to her runway shows during NYFWS is front and center at her bridal shows. Additionally, Reem Acra choses great locations to present her bridal shows, from the New York Public Library to her recent present location of Saint Bartholomew’s Church—a New York City landmark.

This bridal collection was not only beautiful and very well produced, but, perhaps, the bridal runway show of the season. The cavernous Saint Bartholomew’s Church, in its grandeur, served Reem Acra’s bridal collection very well. And where some bridal designers would have played off of the church’s iconic history and somewhat gothic architecture, Reem Acra modernized her production by playing classic Madonna songs—Like A Prayer, Celebrate, Lucky Star, Papa Don’t Preach—throughout the entire show.

The spring 2020 collection began with diminutive flower girls all in a rosy pink tulle. What followed was a bridal collection of the highest order, supplemented by jewel-embellished bridal menswear, made in collaboration with Joseph Abboud. And though the groom’s collection was at times over-embellished and a bit campy, for the setting and direction of the collection, the addition of groom’s garments added the extra special touch that elevated Reem Acra’s spring 2020 collection into bridal stratosphere.

True to form, there were many classic bridal silhouettes in the collection—something that Reem Acra always inserts into her collections. However, this season Reem went against the grain and had something for everyone. There short bridal cocktail dresses—for the bridal rehearsal party—as well as a bridal jumpsuit and white silk hot pants. And there were several nods to Reem Acra’s Middle Eastern heritage with heavily embellished bridal gowns with ornate veils. In fact, the variety of veils used in the collection was one of the highlights of the show.

Images courtesy of Reem Acra

What was most noticeable about Reem Acra’s spring 2020 bridal collection was the joy, splendor, and exuberance of the show. And isn’t that what fashion, particularly a bridal show should be about. Happy times are here again!!—William S. Gooch

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