Reem Acra Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection — An American Princess

The title of American Princess immediately conjures up images of iconic style-arbiters such a Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis and Grace Patricia Kelly, Princess of Monaco, but Reem Acra has reinterpreted the modern-day version of this fairy-tale come fashion legend and guess what?—You needn’t marry a U.S. President, prominent Greek shipping magnate, or the prince of a sovereign principality to feel every bit of the new American Royalty.


As designer to the global elite, European royalty and stateside celebrities alike, Ms. Acra asked herself the following question: What would an American Princess look like?—With that proposition, Reem Acra’s Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear Collection of 63 ensembles was born! 

“An American Princess doesn’t have to deal with centuries of tradition and etiquette. She does what she wants, how she wants, where she wants, and when she wants,” enthused the Lebanese designer. With her Spring 2011 Collection, the designer challenged this notion that princesses are solely relegated to an elitist aristocracy or noble monarchy burdened with obligations, bloodlines, and anachronistic practices. It turns out that Reem Acra’s American Princess is the contemporary, independent, empowered woman who not only plays the game, she makes her own rules! This message is incredibly intoxicating; it is all at once hypnotic and liberating because it reinforces a woman’s inner strength and resolve to reach for the stars that she once wished on as a girl.

“The American Princess has a closet filled with the most incredible designs for day and night, but she doesn’t follow tradition—she can mix day with night, vintage flea market finds with couture dresses,” added the designer. Today’s ingénue is an individualist; she creates new customs and because she is so at ease with herself, in her own skin, she is just as comfortable pairing an exquisite beaded top with a pair of linen trousers for a black-tie event as she is wearing a vibrant gown to a champagne breakfast. The new American Princess is self-possessed, confident, and fearless!

“I see my jet-setting American Princess as hip, cool, and at times eccentric, who is confident enough to turn convention upside down,” said Reem Acra. “But at the same time, her love of luxury and elegance allows her to carry it off with impeccable taste. My Spring collection is a celebration of luxury and effortless, modern elegance.”


My favorite looks amongst the Reem Acra Spring 2011 Presentation included: the silk chiffon gown with feather trim and sequined embroidery with olive leather belt; the embroidered sleeveless shift in gold and mauve; the antique silver mermaid gown with cascading embroidery, olive leather belt, and multiple strands of fool’s gold beaded necklaces; the free love filigree lace pleated blouson over loden green chiffon with a buff silk a-line skirt, dark brown leather belt, and pyrite and pearl necklaces; and the flower power jacquard pleated dress with olive leather gold horseshoe belt, and pyrite/soapstone pendant choker.

We continued to see the 70’s bohemian rhapsody that has been prevalent on the spring runways and in particular this collection in recent seasons. We’ve travelled from the laissez faire hippy couture of a tie-dyed Woodstock to a more nuanced reference with the liberation silk houndstooth wide-leg pant, the free love filigree chiffon top, and the disco gold sequin embroidered tulle cap sleeve gown. Lest anyone fear that our American Princess will get too carried away with herself, the presentation’s soundtrack of The Rolling Stones, “Miss You” and Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains the Same” will keep her feet firmly planted on the ground while she continues to reach for those ever elusive stars…
Images provided courtesy of Reem Acra.

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