Meadham Kirchhoff’s AW11 show was a perfect rendition of the expected unexpected. Yes, we expected madness from the design duo, but who could have predicted that the models would be taking to the runway not one-by-one, but en mass? The opening mayhem set the scene for the designers’ latest and greatest triumph over fashion as we know it.
Clad in inspired wigs and with off-the-wall make-up that we secretly want to try out for ourselves, the models – boys and girls – strode out in a procession of beautifully constructed pieces, expertly styled up and brilliantly executed. Ed Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff turned traditional fashion law on its head, with a clear reference to high society girls in their Chanel. Perfectly engineered bouclé jacket-and-skirt two pieces gave way to deconstructed ruffles and chunky socks matched to colour-perfect heels.
There were sheer red pleats and hats pulled down low, cover-all outerwear with petticoats underneath and boys on the runway wearing unisex pieces. A distinctly puritan undertone in the modest cuts and outsized proportions got a dose of naughtiness with a lace-revealing split in a skirt or a daring dash of scarlet. Up-close, backstage, the intricacies of the garments became apparent and it was all too clear why this talented pair are winning critical acclaim that builds with every collection. From the installation that was their catwalk to the artistic, pro-girl thinking behind each piece, we love everything about them – especially the way they continue to surprise!
Illustrator Margot Bowman sent us her take on the show and we love it!