By Daniela Degrassi
The future of bridal fashion is getting greener! Just last year on the blog we were praising some of the new and the reclaimed plant based textiles that eco-friendly bridal designers are utilizing in the creation of their collections. One of the fibers I was most curious about was orange fiber, innovated as a way to use the non edible by-products that are produced from the juice industry, by re-processing these in a sustainable way a fibre is made from the orange peel/zest. The fiber is silky soft and offers a great vegan friendly alternative to silk.
Back to the present, I am very thrilled to see this new technology finally applied to bridal wear by UK based bridalwear Rolling In Roses. This small British indie label focuses on designs that are an alternative choice to the high street. And through this fashion forward brand, I have also discovered a new fiber I had never heard about, rose petal fiber, produced with the same process orange fiber is obtained, just applied to the petals instead.
So, aren’t you curious to see how these new textiles are applied to bridalwear? I AM, and very happy to share with you all!
THE MUSES DRESS
Constructed from orange fiber satin-backed crêpe. The Muses Dress pays a subtle ode to the ancient Greek poet Sappho who inspired the collection and features an elegant traditional Greek style button at the nape of the neck. The bias-cut fabric moulds to the figure and flares out into a dramatic train. Inside the centre-back seam is a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around, and internal ribbon ties to enable it to be tied out of the way for dancing. Available in matte or satin finish.
THE ANISE CAMI
The Anise Cami is a bias cut camisole made with orange fiber satin and lining. I can’t praise enough bridal separates, sustainable all the way! Bridal tops are just an easy re-wear! The Anise Cami perfectly pairs with other separate pieces from the collection.
THE BELOVED TROUSERS
Also made from orange fiber satin, the Beloved Trousers are beautifully soft palazzo pants. Available to order in satin or matte finish and featuring hip pockets and striking extra train length at the back. Also available to order all one length (without train). Perfect to pair with Rolling In Rose Roses Blouse.
Made of the same soft cotton lace as the brand’s Roses Skirt, The Roses Blouse also makes a beautiful accompaniment to The Beloved palazzo trousers. Featuring rouleaux loops and glass pearl buttons along the centre-back opening, and bias-cut lace sleeves which are gathered into a petite cuff at three-quarter length.
THE ROSES SKIRT
Here paired with the Roses Blouse, The Roses Skirt is cut from wonderfully soft cotton lace which forms a striking chevroned pattern at the centre-front and swoops round to a dramatic full train at the back. The lace is overlaid onto an eco-friendly natural satin which is made from rose petal fiber and is lined with a breathable silk-bamboo blend charmeuse. Featuring chic hip pockets and fitted waistband, this bridal skirt has a wonderful weight and drape to the fabrics and feels a complete luxury to wear. Inside the train is a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around, and internal ribbon ties to enable it to be tied out of the way for dancing.
THE EROS JUMPSUIT
Constructed from softly shimmering sequins sewn onto a natural fibre viscose georgette and lined with orange-fibre, the Eros Jumpsuit features flutter sleeves, a keyhole back, plunging neckline and striking extra train length at the back. Perfect for dancing the night away, the sequins catch the twilight and really come alive at dusk.
THE FLOWERDEEP DRESS
Diaphanous and light as a feather to wear, The Flowerdeep Dress is made from a stunning embroidered cotton lace overlaid onto satin made of organic rose petal fiber. The dress features sheer angel sleeves, scalloped keyhole back, gently curved V neckline, a full skirt which has a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around, and internal ribbon ties to enable it to be tied out of the way for dancing. Lined with a lightweight satin made from orange fiber.
THE LONGING DRESS
An absolute dream to wear, The Longing Dress is constructed from the super soft fluid satin orange fiber. Featuring a subtle cowl neck and a kiss of crossed straps at the small of the back, and a train which has a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around, along with internal ribbon ties to enable it to be tied out of the way for dancing. Available to order in matte or satin finish.
THE MAIDEN TOP
Available in two versions. The Plain Maiden Top is made from super soft satin-backed crêpe orange fiber and available in matte or satin finish. The Sequinned Maiden Top is constructed with softly shimmering sequins sewn onto a natural fiber viscose georgette and lined with lightweight silk satin. The magical sequinned fabric is a warm ivory shade.
THE NIGHTINGALE DRESS
The beguiling secret of The Nightingale Dress is the knowledge that it is constructed using a luxuriously soft crêpe fabric made entirely from recycled bottles. Also lined in an eco-friendly satin made from the fibers taken from organic rose petals, this gown is perfect for the ethically minded bride. The unique laser-cut pattern is manufactured exclusively for Rolling In Roses and was created by their designer Hayley, inspired by motifs found on ancient Greek vases. Cheeky hidden pockets are concealed in the side seams of the skirt for a chic casual look. The train of the dress has a concealed wrist-loop so it can be easily carried around, along with internal ribbon ties to enable it to be tied out of the way for dancing.
With a range of styles to cater for all tastes, Rolling In Roses eco friendly brides are free to choose a dress that suits both their personality and figure. All gowns are available in all sizes and are individually made to order by a tiny team of talented seamstresses here in York, England. This small-scale ethical production means the brand is in complete control of the quality of their gowns and able to offer customizations for individual brides who request them.
For Rolling in Roses sustainability is a lifestyle, not a gimmick; they try to be conscious of everything from using recycled thread to make their dresses to using paper tape instead of sticky tape on their dress patterns, right down to their organic unbleached size tags. Recently the brand has made further allowances for flexible work hours and working from home which for their small staff means less travel and a lower environmental impact. All Rolling In Roses fabric offcuts are either recycled or donated to crafters, makers, and artists, and they package their dresses in biodegradable bags, recycled acid-free tissue paper, and unbleached cardboard boxes. They strive to run their business as ethically as possible in every way. Pay it forward, spread the love!
Photo Credits Shutter Go Click Photography
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.