Fact: There's bridal, and then there's Vivienne Westwood bridal.
Leave it to the fiery, punk-loving British designer to cross the Atlantic Ocean, made up entirely of royal wedding-inspired gowns that have taken over Bridal Fashion Week the past two days, and present an avant-garde wedding collection for only the coolest of brides. Known for dressing celebrity brides like Dita Von Teese—in purple, no less—and the fictional Carrie Bradshaw—yes, Westwood is responsible for designing that stunning sculptural gown that Sex and the City's lead lady wears to her (gone-terribly-wrong) wedding day in the first movie—Westwood has always catered to women who are anything but your average brides with designs that are as unconventional as they are exceptionally beautiful. While Westwood's signature crinoline, impeccably draped, corsetry-inspired silhouettes continue to evolve in the namesake label's new made-to-order collection, it's her co-designer Andreas Kronthaler's bridal wear line that truly captures the rebellious spirit of the VW customer.
Made for the fearless brides who aren't afraid of bucking tradition in favor of fashion, the Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood collection boasts asymmetrical dresses, convertible gowns with a foolproof color-coded bustling system that makes them go from ceremony-appropriate to party-ready in seconds, and flattering midi dresses with built-in corsetry that can actually be worn again after the wedding. Kronthaler's touch is especially apparent in the number of separates—laced-up, drawstring trousers, halter tops made using suspenders, organza corsets, and bomber jackets—present in the line. As a key member of Westwood's team, he shares her devotion to environmental activism and, as such, wanted a collection that focused on “sustainability [wearing it more than once], mix and match pieces in shades of white and various fabrics and textures,” per the press release.
That sentiment extends to the accessories—veils that can be detached or transformed into head covers, removable panels of feathers, and headwear ranging from a scarlet turban of tulle to a baseball cap and an oversized straw hat—that scream more high-fashion than strictly bridal.
See the entire Andreas Kronthaler for Vivienne Westwood collection, below. Be warned: Even if you aren't the marriage type, these will have you sprinting to the altar.