Reem Acra

Helenium Gown

$800 rental
$6,500 retail

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Stylist Notes

The unique hue and sheer skirt freshen up this classic lace gown by Reem Acra. Add a playful, elegant touch with a piece of sculptural jewelry and finish with a simple updo for a formal look that is both bold and polished.

Our model wears the gown with Oscar de la Renta's Painted Flower Bracelet.

Size & Fit

This dress runs small. We recommend going one size up for backup (see following fit notes for exceptions). Sized: 0 - 8.

BUST: Works best for A to C cup sizes - fitted at bust
WAIST: Very Fitted - dress fitted throughout midsection
HIPS: Very Fitted - curvier women should consider sizing up for full hips
LENGTH: One length available. Measures 58'' from shoulder to hem (recommended for heights 5'2''-5'6''.)

UNDERGARMENTS: Should be worn with a nubra or no bra.
FABRIC: Fabric has some stretch
GREAT FOR: Athletic, Petite, Tall, Straight & Narrow body types
(Model's height is 5'10".)

We recommend Commando's Nude High-Waist Control Thong.

Product Details

Red lace (59% cotton, 30% rayon, 11% nylon). Cap sleeves. Sweetheart neckline. Mermaid skirt with sheer lace overlay. Hidden back zipper with hook-and-eye closure. Boned bodice. Lined. See size and fit tabs for lengths. Made in the USA.

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Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 33
Bust size: 34C
Body type: Apple
Weight: 123lbs
September 9, 2015
Gorgeous
I am broad-shouldered and bigger on top. I'm normally a size 4 in dresses, and wore the 8, but I think the 10 would've been ideal honestly. Dress I had shows signs of wear and tear, but still fabulous and made my night to be wearing such a well-constructed piece. Extra special thnx to WILLIAM at RTR - this man saved me! <3
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Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Wedding
July 23, 2015
Great dress but too small & too short. Ordered an 8 and maybe a 10 would have fit? Normally a size 4
I am 5'3" and the dress was too short on me even with no heels on. Seems like someone hemmed it because a size 8 should not be that short. Generally I can wear 3-5 inch heels with all dresses. Also dress ran super small but I would try it again sometime in a 10 and hope that it would be long enough.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
None
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 5"
Age: 31
Bust size: 32D
Body type: Athletic
Weight: 130lbs
May 20, 2015
Do NOT order without trying on in the store first. The size and fit are super weird. Risky and $$$
I am reminded why in the future, I shouldn't spend $800 on something I haven't tried on. This dress is NOT easy to wear. I'm not saying that there's no one out there who looks amazing in this dress, but I usually have a fairly off-the-rack kind of body, and this was a super strange fit. First, as everyone has said, this runs TINY. I usually wear a 2, and I had to go two sizes up to even get the (really sticky) zipper closed. The fit was ok, but then the zipper in the back puckered A LOT on the upper back, so it was still totally unwearable. Thank God I had a backup (which happened to be STUNNING and was perfect in all the ways that this dress wasn't - check out the Champagne gown from Badgely Mishka. 1/8th the price, and it's way more elegant and wearable). I have no problem spending that kind of money on something that fits beautifully, and it's a beautiful dress on the rack so if you can try it on, go for it. But it is not even close to wearable enough to spend $800 blind, no matter how many sizes you get. Don't do it. I would like to add that RTR was amazing, and their customer service is outstanding. I'm thrilled with my experience, and the dress I ended up with. Just not this particular gown.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
NONE
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 4' 9"
Age: 32
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 115lbs
April 1, 2015
Runs suuuper small! Go 2 sizes up!
Gorgeous dress!! But I ended up wearing a size 2 of another dress that even fit a little big while this size four did not close by two inches. Go 2 sizes up!
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Top Contributor
Size worn:
4R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 4
Height: 5' 4"
Age: 29
Bust size: 32D+
Body type: Hourglass
Weight: 124lbs
March 27, 2015
Stunning dress!
The dress is truly stunning in person and in pictures. It does run small so order one size up. Also, make sure you have a friend or two to help zip you zip the dress up since there's a corset part and then the actual dress zipper.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
8R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Age: 34
Bust size: 36B
Body type: Pear
Weight: 145lbs
March 24, 2015
Not a great dress for the cost
I ordered this dress through the unlimited program and was very excited to wear such a beautiful designer dress. It is very heavy, the material feels like it came off of a ballet tutu, and the color is much more orange than coral. It also fit in the hips, but was way too small in the rib cage, which is pretty odd for me. Usually, it is the other way around.
Top Contributor
Size worn:
0R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Formal Affair
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 3"
Age: 35
Bust size: 32B
Body type: Petite
Weight: 107lbs
March 18, 2015
A delicately beautiful gown...
The gown is exquisite. It's delicate but is well made with some boning giving structure to the top part. The gown runs small. I am almost always a 0 and I could not zip it up. I would recommend sizing up as I am petite and didn't fit into my usual size. Also, the picture isn't like the gown. In the picture it looks like the inner lining of gown stops at knee and the lace goes all the way down. This is not the case. The inner lining goes all the way down to the ground with the lace. It makes the dress even more elegant. Definitely recommend it!
Top Contributor
Size worn:
2R
Overall fit:
Small
Rented for:
Other
Usually wears: 2
Height: 5' 7"
Age: 26
Bust size: 34B
Body type: Straight & narrow
Weight: 122lbs
March 14, 2015
Stylist Review!
This gown is absolutely stunning, especially in person. It does run very very small. I am usually a size 2 and could not zip it up in the back in the 2R. Specifically, the belted part and the ribcage area were very tight on me. I would highly recommend sizing up one size if you are smaller busted/have smaller hips and size up 1-2 sizes if you're more curvy/hourglass. The dress does have a built in bra, but I would not recommend it for anyone with a large bust as this area runs small as well. The nude mesh underlay is amazing and almost invisible, but super delicate so be careful when putting the dress on! The hips have a bit of stretch, but again definitely size up if you are more curvy in this area. The regular length was good on me and I probably could have worn 2-3 inch heels. Finally, the color was a lot more of a fluorescent coral in person (not really a pastel). Overall, a beautiful and very special gown.
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