Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff describe their ideal woman as: “Uncompromising, aware and individual.” That is unsurprising, given that subtlety has never been an option for the Anglo-French pair.
From pinafores to plastics, velvet to vinyl and pom poms to platforms, the creative duo has explored every kooky and unconventional idea possible, and this season was no exception.
The set lived up to the Kirchhoff standard of eccentricity as gold tinsel draped from a make-shift door emblazoned with huge valentines-like hearts. An abundance of lace-trimmed heart decorations littered the runway, culminating in a strange 90’s American themed prom backdrop that certainly turned a few heads.
As ever, the outlandish designers brought a collection that was vibrant, textural and downright cool. 70’s influences could be spotted in opaque coloured tights in shades of white and baby pink, oversized tweed smock tops in electric orchid and the staple platform mary-janes to tie the chaos together.
A particularly gorgeous ensemble featured a sheer lace blouse layered underneath a cute brassiere-like crop-top, embellished with dainty yellow flowers. However, the calf-high rainbow coloured PVC boots that were styled alongside were a little too out-there for most tastes.
Hi-shine metallics were offered in the form of oh-so retro smock dresses with fluted sleeves. Crimson snake skin print also was present in the form of pencil skirt and casual jacket, paired with sheer chiffons to create a bold but somehow delicate look.
Generally, layering was key to the entire show as heavier fabrics such as velvet and tweed were intertwined with head-to-toe lace concoctions that even included veils.
Overall Meadham Kirchhoff brought another show that Tumblr will be proud of with a Lolita/Bowie/Fun-eral aesthetic that expressive dressers will devour. The less outrageous amongst us had the opportunity to dip our toes into the brand with some marketable pieces that will see us through the colder months.
One thing is for sure though- Kirchhoff know how to put on a heck of a show.