Kei and I learned about rosa clara from our friend, Melay who was a rosa clara bride. The concept is still the same. RTW, try before you buy. Seeing Melay’s floaty-tiered gown, we called up rosa clara for an appointment.
We were scheduled on a Saturday afternoon (Feb 22,2014), at 3pm. We never knew but apparently, this is the last slot. Being near greenbelt, it is very convenient for us and fits right in our schedules!
We had lunch and strolled for a bit. And off we go. Their store really has that exclusivity factor. We had to ring a doorbell before we were greeted by an attendant in all black. Being a few minutes early, we were asked to wait and fill up forms as the bride-to-be before us is not yet done with her fitting.
So we just looked around their shop. We find it impressive, sleek and modern.
And thus was given a lot of gown catalogs to look at.
After almost 30mins of waiting. The bride-to-be before us is done trying out gowns. Finally, it is our turn.
We were greeted by their consultant named Yuri? (or is it Eurie? Never knew the spelling.)
She asked for my gown preference. I told her I wanted a mermaid/fit and flare. Oh, the serpentina she said. Do you want to try other silhouettes? She thinks my figure could also pull off an A-line.
I said ok. And then I am whisked off to the dressing room.
The a-line is the first dress she made me try.
It is beaded and with appliqués. Sweetheart neckline and illusion beading, natural waist. It looks ok, I guess. But it makes me feel short. Average.
The second dress I tried on is a full lace without any beading. But, this gown has a variation.
I find it too plain for my liking. The other version with the slit does not look bridal. Average.
Our attendant really looks tired right now and is really going on an extra effort in attempt to be cheery and bubbly. Apparently, we are the last fitting for the day and the brides to be before me were the “primadonna” types.
She then brought out another gown. The third one.
This is an Aire Barcelona gown. A gown from their sister company.
This brand is more affordable.
It was a tube gown with a bit of beading. It makes my shoulders look bigger! Oh, the horror! I feel so “maton” (maton is Filipino for butch) wearing this.
I felt disappointed that all I tried were average. By, this time the attendant is a bit “nagpaparinig” (Filipino term for making sure that we hear her comments) that she is tired and has a headache coming on.
Being considerate to our attendant, I am ready to leave right after I changed back to my clothes.
When a dress hanging in the corner, caught my eye. It was worn a while ago by the bride to be before we came in.
I asked if I could try it on. The last dress to try. Our attendant agreed.
This gown is a Rosa Clara soft collection. Named Uma.
It is lavishly decorated with beads and feathers that has a distinct Gatsby feel to it. Very glam.
Of all the dresses I tried on, the Uma is the one I liked most. I can remember its name!
I never remembered the other gown/s (I tried on) name. That alone is enough said.
The sad thing is, it is way out of budget (more than a hundred thousand). And I also couldn’t bear to think if the feathers attached to the dress is real/ethical. Really nice, but still a no.
They lived up to the expectations, but we left feeling rushed.
That sums up our Rosa Clara experience.
Taking photos is allowed. Appointments is a must.
Boutique– Their shop is convenient, modern and has that luxurious feel to it.
Gowns– Their gowns are very soft. No corset/boning. You might have to consider buying shapewear to wear underneath. They do have a variety of embellished and lace gowns. No bathrobe. They have clamps and binder clips.
Fitting room– They have a sitting area in their fitting room! (Kei is glad about this) They have a platform, and 3 full length mirrors! They have shoes.
Lighting– dim lighting.
Price– Is steep. Consider yourself warned.
Friendliness– The storekeeper is chatty and a bit impatient. (maybe because she is tired) But still good to talk to, and attentive.
Mobile: +632 2381310
Address: Rosa Clará Tower III of The Residences at Greenbelt. Their shop is open from 10:00am to 9:00pm daily.
The first RTW wedding gown search : The Mi Sueno experience (part1)
The second RTW wedding gown search : The Adorata Weddings experience
The third RTW wedding gown search: The Rosa Clara experience
*All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are our own and based on our own experience. This is not a sponsored post.