Beloved by celebrities
such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Beyonce and Catherine Zeta Jones, designer
Reem Acra’s uber-feminine red carpet creations are defined a sophisticated
silhouette, rich color palette, ornate embroidery and lush fabrications.
Although the Lebanon
native studied fashion design at FIT in New York and Esmod in Paris, she spent
more than a decade working as an interior designer before launching her eponymous
bridal business in 1997.Acra
launched her evening collection in 2003, and ready-to-wear followed in the
spring of 2008.
The Fashion Informer
caught up with the always-gracious designer just after the holidays to get the
low-down on her beauty must-have, her fantasy splurge and her devotion to dance
(cha, cha, cha).
did you do for Christmas/New Year's?
I went to Dubai and then to Lebanon.
I saw 20 friends from my middle school class; we were really excited to see
each other after so many years. This was the highlight of my trip this year.
me about your most memorable New Year's Eve.
They are the times when I get to
spend quality time with my family.
is your favorite city in the world?
Beirut - it energizes me and brings
back memories of my childhood.
long does it take you to get ready to go to work in the morning, and what's
your usual routine?
My hairdresser comes almost every
morning and does my hair. While he is working, I am on my Blackberry
emailing the office and friends overseas and also phoning too. I'll spend
another hour to get ready and continue to intermittently email and speak on the
the one beauty/grooming item you cannot live without?
you could only shop in one store for the rest of your life, what store would it
A flea market.
do you like to do to relax in your off-hours?
I love dancing and take lessons a few
times a week. I've taken cha-cha, salsa, and hustle lessons. I love
your favorite sport to watch? To participate in?
you found $15,000 cash, how would you spend it?
I'd spend it on vintage dresses or
one nice antique piece of furniture or item.
one question would you like to ask God, assuming s/he exists?
I always thank him for what he
gives me every day. Interestingly, I came across my diary from when I was 12.
In it, I wrote a prayer, thanking him for my beautiful future that I
foresaw for myself.
is your favorite mode of transportation?
you have any hidden or unusual talents?
Well I have a kind of sixth sense.
are the different challenges you face when designing your bridal collection, vs.
your ready-to-wear line?
Each one is different and I have to
remind myself always they both require different moods and styles, even if it
is the same customer.
freaks you out?
are you happiest?
Always. I have found my true meaning a
long time ago which most struggle to find. I am happy when I make an
impact and a difference in people's lives. Being part of their most momentous
and significant days in their life - we become friends!