Established in 1993, Viktor & Rolf is a fashion label best known for the eccentric and often non-wearable couture masterpieces, but their Marriage collections are versatile enough to satisfy women of all tastes. From over-the-top ballgowns to chic, retro, mini wedding dresses and smart elegant bridal jumpsuits, there is a look for every type of wedding, be it a laid-back seaside soiree or a traditional church ceremony.
The first thing you will notice is the gigantic fabric blooms featured on a number of dresses including both glitzy ball gowns and shortest frocks. The striking three-dimensional satin lilies are exuding royal opulence, especially on the flamboyant Lily Garden Gown which is made of light tulle and has a dramatic train that is contrasted with a flirty neckline and bare back.
The novelty is the patchwork skirts that are bravely confronting different silhouettes and various types of fabric into one and thereby offering intriguing asymmetric shapes. If you are a bride-to-be who has searched all the shops and the entire internet to find a special dress that breaks away from every cliché you can imagine, then these sculpted beauties are made for you! The Volume Patchwork Gown is especially interesting because it epitomises the recognisable Viktor&Rolf design but certainly has that innocent bridal flair. It is a ball gown, but an impossibly asymmetrical one with a fit-and-flare shape only on one side.
Vintage-loving brides will be happy too because once again, the designers played with retro silhouettes and came up with adorable A-line minis and a breath-taking Lily Garden Sheath dress embellished with crystals, ruffles, tulle flowers and an oversized bow.
Detachable trains, hidden slits and trompe l’oeil wrap effects wouldn’t be possible without sleek satins, swishy taffetas and Japanese crepe, while exaggerated volumes and cascades were crafted from multiple layers of lightweight tulle. And even though they were not exactly the sole focus of the collection, the satin bows appeared in unassuming places such as sleeves, backs and necklines.
The assortment of bridal accessories was intriguing too. The dresses were paired with striking white floral headdresses, embellished gloves, bejewelled hairbands and even face masks that are fit for a masquerade ball and represent a very original alternative to a classic wedding veil.
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