Here’s a fact that should be written in stone: I was looking forward to watching Meadham Kirchhoff more than any other London Fashion Week show. They’ve altered their whole garment ethos entirely over just a year, going from angry, red-and-mint wearing models to can-caning Courtney Loves and pastel fur, glitter-coated primadonnas …. to a disco catwalk show and dancing models decked out in sequins and tartan. To say the MK boys push maximalism to its polar extremes would be an understatement.
While I’ve been seriously enjoying Meadham Kirchhoff’s new approach to garments – the more sparkly and texture-clashing, the better – I was secretly afraid that they would revert back to their old designing ways (which produced, in all fairness, clothes that were gorgeously tailored and more wearable – but I much prefer their outgoing creations). After all, I faintly remember both the boys being interviewed regarding their A/W collection in February, and Edward (Meadham) remarking that their recent, more flamboyant collections were really about what they themselves aren’t like – or something to that effect. I remember pondering over whether he had meant the statement in a good way, or whether MK were just having a 15 minute glitter frenzy that would soon be over.
Well, it turns out my worries should’ve been readily dismissed: Meadham Kirchhoff’s S/S 2013 collection, shown just a couple of hours ago, is packed with colour and sequin punches, as well as a stunning mix of covet-able fabrics. The models paraded around – in true MK fashion – indifferently, cradling flowers in their hands or licking cupcakes, sporting outfits that really channelled the colourful age of Marie Antoinette:
Honestly, the more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Ms. Antoinette – and her era – was a great source of inspiration for the S/S ’13 collection: the clothes themselves are shamelessly colourful and covered in bows (the latter being very, very reminiscent of that era), & one outfit has a spectacular blue and red combo; and the models holding cupcakes could be a reference to Marie’s famously-controversial quote, “let them eat cake”. Theory or no theory, the collection was show-stopping.
Despite the fact that my laptop blacked out at the very beginning of the show (shock-horror!) I still managed to see the majority of it, and I highly recommend that you watch the catwalk show as well :). The video for the S/S ’13 collection hasn’t been released just yet, but as soon as it has been I shall update you all with a link!
Have Meadham Kirchhoff’s unique creations reached their ultimate peak of individuality? Hell, no – this is only the beginning.