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21 Questions with… Reem Acra

Reem Acra designer

Image: Courtesy of Reem Acra

Bridal powerhouse Reem Acra now oversees an empire that includes a thriving ready-to-wear collection and a growing accessories business. Beyoncé, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Jane Fonda, Taylor Swift, Marcia Cross and Halle Berry are just a few of the countless stars that have walked down aisles and red carpets in one of her creations. In between wrapping her Spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection and presenting her latest bridal designs, we caught up with the Lebanese-born, New York-based designer to ask her our quickfire questions.
  1. I usually wake up around… 7:00 a.m.
  2. A key to starting my day on a positive note is… taking a moment to reflect on something joyful and sip a cappuccino.
  3. When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle I… try to balance work and play.
  4. The most inspiring place I have ever traveled to is… Turkey; my travels there inspired parts of my Spring 2016 RTW collection.
  5. My most treasured piece of clothing is… a beautiful Bedouin belt that I bought as a child and inspired my Spring 2016 RTW collection.
  6. The best gift I ever received was… love and support from my family when I needed it.
  7. When I’m looking to get inspired I… try to travel. I have always found endless inspiration by visiting exotic places around the world or by just walking on the streets of New York.
  8. When I’m stressed I… close my door to take a moment to breathe and reflect.
  9. What keeps me excited about working in fashion is… creating something beautiful and new every time.
  10. If my days had one extra hour I’d… spend it with my friends and family!
  11. My beauty essentials include… moisturizer.
  12. I’m most excited for Spring 2016 because… this collection was so personal to me and inspired by my childhood.
  13. I’d never travel without… Oliver Peoples sunglasses.
  14. My biggest fashion pet peeve is… I don’t really have a pet peeve. Fashion is a way for people to express themselves, so there is no right or wrong.
  15. Now that NYFW is over I… am focused on my bridal collection.
  16. The best piece of advice I ever received… is to follow your heart and your dreams.
  17. Every woman should own… classic pieces that fit perfectly and can be updated with seasonal accessories. 
  18. Every man should own… a pair of wingtip shoes.
  19. My biggest style regret is… I try not to focus on regrets!
  20. On a typical Saturday I… never have a typical Saturday.
  21. The one career highlight I’ll never forget is… when a celebrity calls me herself.