The style scene

Talking to Rosa Clara, the Spanish Vera Wang


Local brides looking to get glam, a new store should be on your radar. Barcelona designer Rosa Clara has opened her first U.S. store on Miracle Mile in Coral Gables. We spoke to Claro, who is known as the Spanish Vera Wang. She will debut some pieces in her collection during a fashion show 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Can you tell us which celebrities you have dressed for their weddings?

I have had the honor of designing dresses for Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, Spanish model Esther Cañadas and Paulina Fox, daughter of Mexican ex-president Vicente Fox. Paulina’s was a strapless dress draped in muslin silk with an Italian brooch covered in the same fabric. Esther’s was a strapless dress with a voluminous skirt created in French lace.

What are some outlandish requests you have received?

Once I had to create a dress in one week for a celebrity bride. She already had her dress, but needed an additional one and didn’t have time to travel to Spain and try it on. One week is a very short time to create a wedding gown, but it all worked out.

How are weddings here different from in Spain?

In the United States, a wedding is a celebration – a big event where every detail is important, and the wedding day is an exercise of creativity. In Spain, there are also weddings like this, but we also have traditional weddings. Beautiful, but more austere.

You are not yet married, but do you have a wedding dress in mind for yourself someday?

Everything arrives in time. If I were to get married, I would definitely design my own dress. It would be very simple, and the material would be natural silk.

What are some trends you are seeing?

I am seeing three different trends: volumes and noble fabrics such as silk mikado, ottoman fabric or brocades that give shape to structured dresses with wide skirts and minimal, detailed bodies; dresses with light-volume skirts made of several layers of silk tulle or silk organdy; and, finally, dresses with great drops and hardly any volume, where spectacular embroideries on transparent tulle draw beautiful shapes on the bride’s skin.

What makes your dresses different?

Our gowns are very unique as they are made with fabrics imported from France and Italy. The brooches on our dresses come from India and we work with natural fabrics that we select very carefully.

What inspires you in your designs?

Brides are my first inspiration – their dreams, their desires and their beauty on their most important day.

Madeleine Marr

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