THE FULL REPORT: MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF AW14

Perhaps it was the new Meadham Kirchhoff perfume, Tralala, that filled the air with a sweet floral haze, or perhaps it was the fact that it was the last show of the week. Whatever the reason, an air of blissful calm pervaded throughout the Meadham Kirchhoff show.

Who… The irreverent, kooky and all-around off the wall Meadham Kirchhoff boys.

Where… The Topshop showspace at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall but it was the first time a designer had used some set within the space. The girls walked under arches draped in tinsel and wandering around blown-up love hearts.

Front row… All the Vogue girls were there in force, dressed in skater jeans and flats (well it is the last day of LFW), editors from Harper’s and ELLE, buyers from Browns, Matches and Start and a cacophonous troupe of Meadham Kirchhoff fashion fans jostling to get a view.

The girls on the catwalk… The casting at Meadham Kirchhoff is always original – they use a mix of models and non-models which is unusual in women’s fashion, but totally refreshing. Today there were petite beauties alongside the taller girls, shaven-headed girls and curvier girls bringing a refreshing realness to the lineup.

The collection in five words… Wearable dreams for fashion fantasists.

Music… The Spice Girls’ Wannabe was pumped into the space pre-show to get the waiting audience excited – we saw a few editors mouthing along the words! But it was  Stevie Knicks’s Edge of Seventeen and Destiny’s Child’s classic Bootylicious that ensured the models were walking with a strut and a half when the show kicked off.

The beauty look… Frosted skin gave an ethereal air, while hair was long, wavy and baby-soft.

What we loved… The multi-tiered confections of lace dresses towards the end – they were light as candy floss but worn with stomping rainbow metallic boots they could only be the work of Meadham Kirchhoff.

Hero piece… A sheer, flared beaded jumpsuit with such rich beading it gleamed down the runway catching every slant of light – almost baroque in its ornateness, it would be an heirloom piece for whoever is lucky enough to own it.

Inspired by… This was a celebration of the brand’s handwriting over the past 10 years, so everything from the washed-out dragée hues to the layers of frothy lace was a tribute to what the duo have achieved up until this point.