• The perfect – and practical – bride

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    Rosa Clara Philippines’ managing partner Valerie Villar-Zayco introduces the brand’s 2014 collection

    Rosa Clara Philippines’ managing partner Valerie Villar-Zayco introduces the brand’s 2014 collection

    Say ‘I do’ in Rosa Clara

    In the month of love, many relationships often blossoms into engagements, leading to that dreamy wedding to celebrate that leap into a lifetime commitment.

    Spanish fashion label Rosa Clara is ready for the celebrations that this coming Valentine’s Day may bring with the launch of the 2014 bridal and cocktail collection and the Zuhair Murad for Rosa Clara trunk show.  The romantic event was held at the Rosa Clara boutique at The Residences in Greenbelt Tower 3, Makati City on January 23.

    This year’s “Two” collection by Rosa Clara features a “youthful and modern look, and one that is classic,” said Valerie Villar-Zayco, managing partner of Rosa Clara Philippines.

    The ‘Zuhair Kaolin’ gown

    The ‘Zuhair Kaolin’ gown

    In collaboration with world-renowned Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad for the collection, the bridal fashion house was able to create wedding dresses for 2014 that are “unique and inspired by the Belle Époque period.”  The result gives variation to the brand’s classic look, offering elaborate billowing skirts with exquisite laces and intricate embroidery.

    In the past the Spanish designer has also collaborated with other celebrated names in fashion including Karl Lagerfield, Christian Lacroix and Jesus del Pozo.

    The practical romantic
    The Spanish fashion brand has been in the market for 20 years, after designer Rosa Clara saw the need for “wedding gowns that more stylish and fashionable.”

    In the Philippines the label of love is coming up to its second year in offering brides-to-be an alternative to bespoke wedding gowns. With over 70 stores worldwide, Zayco delightedly shared that Rosa Clara in the Philippines is the label’s first and only boutique in Asia.

    “With these, brides can still look perfect but be practical at the same time,” Zayco assured.

    Rosa Clara caters to the local and regional market, offering gowns that are at the average price range of P90,000 to P140,000, a huge difference from custom-made designer gowns that could reach up to P500,000.

    The managing partner explained that the practical yet perfect choice of a high-end ready-to-wear gown is an option to be considered, coming from her own perspective as a bride who had her wedding gown custom-made.

    “We started the process of bringing in the brand just after I got married. And coming from a vantage point of a bride who went through the process, I realized that aside from trying to make it perfect, you also have to be frugal and you have to be practical,” Zayco recalled.

    Still specially made
    She further related that they believed Rosa Clara’s ready-to-wear collections are ideal for Filipino brides who generally envision romantic looks for weddings.

    How then does a bride-to-be get the Rosa Clara gown of her dreams?

    “She can simply come to our boutique and try our pieces,” Zayco replied. “This way, she would know what cuts or styles compliment her the most. You usually won’t get the chance to do this with custom-made gowns.”

    Resident stylists are on hand at the boutique to help engaged ladies make the perfect choice for a gown, considering such factors the wedding theme, the time and place of the nuptials and reception, and the bride’s body shape, taste ad personality.

    “Once a bride decides on a gown, we then take her measurements and we send the order to our headquarters in Barcelona. It would take about four to six months to deliver to it back to Manila, but basically their Rosa Clara gown is still made for them,” Zayco concluded.

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