It was a bridal show overflowing with inspiration, romance, diversity, and magic. Iconic designer Reem Acra is an artist and a dreamer; her most recent collection of bridal gowns is beyond spectacular, as was her show opening: gorgeous flower girls in pink gowns, setting a mood of innocence and fantasy. Then came the brides, dozens upon dozens of them floating down the aisle in Acra’s exquisite designs: from traditional lace confections with full trains and intricate headpieces to sexy modern architectural shapes to sheer flowing romantic looks. Uniting people from all backgrounds and cultures, this designer shows the world what’s possible.
“This was a wonderfully unique experience for me: viewing a spectacular fashion show from the front row instead of behind the scenes,” says designer Joseph Abboud, who created the fabulous men’s formalwear worn by the grooms (the first guy to appear wore a tux with the word “taken” embroidered on the back!) “Reem is such a talent! It’s incredible how much true artisanship goes into the crafting of her gowns, how much detail and hand work. Her creations are truly magical: she took my menswear to another level by adding her embroidery and special touches. I knew I was in the hands of an artist so I let go of directing and totally supported her vision. I especially loved her elaborate traditional gowns and the romantic Eastern European vibe of many of her flowing creations. The sexy fitted tuxedos worn by several of the brides also looked terrific and very modern.”
And of course, a perfect bridal show demands a perfect setting, which they found in St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue, a historic parish founded in January 1835, and now a National Historic Landmark. The current Church was designed by Betram Goodhue and erected in 1916-17. Its Byzantine Revival aesthetic features massive bronze doors, polychrome Hispano-Moresque interior dome, and elaborate stained glass windows designed by Hildreth Meire.
Celebrity event planner Preston Bailey created the wedding scene within the church, including strategically placed giant crowns decorated with hundreds of magnificent fresh roses. An evening to remember, for sure (and some great inspiration for men’s formalwear!)