I advise women to live their life to their fullest, invest in who you want to be and live it well.
I always ask my brides, 'Who are you, and what do you want to tell everybody?'
When I took on the title sponsorship of the Western European League and the World Cup Final in October 2010, I did it because I love the sport and I love horses. It has proved to be a perfect match for the Reem Acra brand.
I always said that I want to write a book about success and my story and my brand and everything that goes with it, as a woman, as a leader, as someone who has stepped up to the plate and who opens the door for the rest of the women from the Middle East.
I come from a specific area in Beirut where it's multicultural, and it's a culture that blends with multiple cultures – it's unbelievable lifestyle.
My top styling tips for brides are, first and foremost, to be careful not to go overboard with makeup. The goal is to look like yourself, just a bit enhanced!
How cool it is to see a bride walking down the aisle with a beautiful long gown with beautiful layers of tulle and organza, unveiling their mini dress at the party?
The Middle Eastern woman is sophisticated; she is modern. She knows fashion more than anyone else, and she is really sexy, and she does know how to live fashion, and I think we can all learn from each other.
I like to do things that are step by step. It takes experience to get to the next level. And you have to put your heart into it.
People are looking more and more to Hollywood for fashion trends: who got dressed in what, and what was on the red carpet. Hollywood is becoming a big advertisement.
As you know, all women at all ages do not feel their ages anymore. The young girl feels older, and the older woman feels younger.
Barbie has always been an inspiration. Dressing her was part of ever girl's dream.
Too often, bridal shows are boring – I love including a small, unexpected element to make it interesting, like the removable skirts and umbrellas in seasons past.
I am my own cheerleader. I am the one who puts my goals, who pushes myself to get to the next goal. I don't have someone next to me saying, 'Here you go, now do this, it's your next step, go for it.'
I'm sure that everyone who goes into fashion always dreams of having a perfume, since it completes the brand and exposes it in a different way.
Though I'm a fashion designer, I never stuff my luggage with too many items.
My friends are my inspiration, and all of them are true friends that support me. On a daily basis, I know that I have my friends to rely on.
When my mother threw a party, even as a kid, she'd call me in and say, 'Organize it for me.'
My brother Max made my desk. It's a masterpiece, like a piano. Everybody who comes in my office loves my desk.
Mini dresses that have an over skirt of tulle makes it traditional and modern at the same time.
In designing my bridal collections, I love mixing luxe fabrics, which give the most beautiful texture and dimension to my creations.
Your wedding is your red carpet moment, and while brides definitely can take some chances with style, you don't want to look like a fad.
The more traditional bride still prefers white or ivory, but the young girls… seem to like the idea of using colors.
I've seen petite brides carry a ballgown, and I have also seen plus-size women carry a ballgown, though you wouldn't think so.
Growing up in Beirut, I used to go to the souks with my mother to buy fabrics… I understood fashion at an early age, and my first designs were when I was five.
Try everything on, even gowns that you don't think you'll love. You might be surprised and fall in love with a gown that you weren't drawn to at first.