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Reem Acra: Brides just want to have fun

October 18, 2010

Not everyone would be able to pull it off – pairing bunny ears with bridal gowns that evoked the Hollywood glamour of iconic movie stars. But Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra did just that at her Fall 2011 bridal show on Sunday. 

“I loved the ears,” said buyer Dorothy Kelly, who together with her daughter owns  J.J. Kelly Bridal & Formal Wear in Oklahoma City.

After the show, the designer said her chosen headpieces were meant to add some levity to an often-stressful day.

“It sends a message that we need to have fun,” Acra told Reuters. “You can be beautiful on your wedding day and still have your personality show — and have fun!”

Footnote: Hugh Hefner was nowhere in sight. But Reem Acra’s Fifth Avenue showroom in New York City is in the same building as Playboy Enterprises.

Next Stop: Beirut

Acra will return to her roots in Lebanon in early November with the opening of her first Reem Acra franchise boutique in downtown Beirut, where she was born.

“Beirut has become one of the high-end capitals of the Middle East,” she said. “It is ‘the Paris of the East.’ And I am the high-end queen of fashion in Beirut. I had the opportunity to franchise. So it seemed like the right time to do it.”

Reem Acra and Lulu take a bow. Photos by Jan Paschal

Reem Acra with her dog, Lulu

(Photos by Jan Paschal)

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