Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hawai‘i’s De la Rosa Marries Elegance and Versatility in Wedding Gowns That Go Beyond Bridal

Modern romance.


Published:

This story originally ran in the November 2019 issue of HONOLULU Magazine with the title “Modern Romance.”

 

hawaii wedding

Valentina gown.
photos: courtesy of de la rosa, justine grajski; model: valerie ferguson

 

Few bridal lines have captured our attention like de la Rosa. With its sleek silhouettes and effortless take on glamour, the local line delivers on what a lot of today’s brides are looking for but are hard-pressed to find: versatility. It’s a welcome counter to the over-the-top princess styles—all rib-crushing bustiers and sparkle-sparkle everywhere—that are worn once then done.

 

“I wanted to create a more casual approach to bridal­—something chic, timeless and easy to wear,” says designer Rachel Flemister, a California girl who honed her skills designing for Bebe and Juicy Couture before moving to O‘ahu in 2016.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by de la Rosa (@delarosa_bride) on

 

 

Mission accomplish-ed with de la Selva, her first full collection, released this year. Half of the collection consists of gorgeous bias-cut slip dresses—think whisper-thin straps, delicately draped cowl necklines and dipped backs—that easily double as cocktail and formal wear.

 

The rest are sophisticated separates that seamlessly mix in with one’s everyday wardrobe. Slip on the figure-skimming Renata midi skirt with a tee and flats for a refined high-low look. The sheer Bella wrap blouse looks just as amazing with jeans as it does layered over a gown. And the collection’s pantsuit, featuring a high-waist wide-leg trouser and slim-cut blazer—it’s pure boss bride.

 

hawaii wedding

Gloria tie-back top, Rio skirt

 

All of the pieces are made-to-order by Flemister at her Waimānalo studio. Most are crafted from a luxe silk crepe de chine or a heavy silk satin that flows over the body like water. Many reveal hints of Latin influence, a dramatic organza balloon sleeve here, a cascading train there. De la Rosa, which translates to “of the rose” in Spanish, is Flemister’s mother’s maiden name, a nod to the woman who first taught her how to sew at age 12.

 

Up next, Flemister plans to expand the collection with some fresh silhouettes. “I have some more conservative options in the works, along with a new high neckline and low back,” she says. Whatever the style, she just wants her brides to feel beautiful and like themselves. “The dress should never overshadow the girl. The girl should just look that much more great in the dress.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by de la Rosa (@delarosa_bride) on

 

 

Gowns from $1,600, separates from $250. Visit delarosahawaii.com to place an order and follow @delarosa_bride on Instagram for info on showroom pop-ups.

 

Read more stories by Brie Thalmann

 

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to Honolulu

Honolulu Magazine September 2020
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Trending

 

9 Greatest Honolulu Homes

Great Homes

Stunning, historic, extraordinary.

 

Can the Mainland Do Poke Right? Do We Want Them To?​

Poke

Martha Cheng, author of The Poke Cookbook and former line cook, talks about how a New York City publisher decided Hawai‘i’s favorite pūpū was for everybody.

 

50 Essential Hawai‘i Books You Should Read in Your Lifetime

Books

The most iconic, trenchant and irresistible island books, as voted by a panel of literary community luminaries.

 

Everything You Need to Know About Local Fruit in Hawai‘i

Fruit

Fruits are part of our history and culture, a way for us to feel connected to our community.

 

A Local’s Guide to Buying Reef-Safe Sunscreen

Sunscreen

Five Hawai‘i brands have created reef-safe sunscreens that are safe for your ʻohana and the ocean. 

Edit ModuleShow Tags