|Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 2012 Ready-To-Wear Collection|
Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 2012 Ready-To-Wear Collection
Designers Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff have lately found themselves fashion darlings, fêted in publications ranging from Love to the
Evening Standard's fashion supplement. Which is ironic, since the pair has made it their business to kick against the industry's pricks in
every possible way. Most of today's capacity crowd probably expected another "fuck off" show, like those of recent vintage. Instead,
they got a coup de théâtre—a dazzling, candy-colored spectacle that had a few showgoers shedding tears.
beloved Hole, a gaggle of Courtney Love manqués appeared and applied lipstick en masse. Then they started dancing, and the models
came out, taking lickety-split turns down the catwalk in check button-downs, vintage cartoon appliqués, fluffy pastel marabou coats,
and little shifts and sculptured dresses with a wedding cake theme executed in couture-worthy broderie anglaise.
tableau of models arrayed on a giant cake. They stepped onto the catwalk one by one, exhibiting peignoir-inspired pieces, showgirl
sequined hot pants, and micro dresses that looked like baby-doll versions of the gowns Marie Antoinette used to wear. After the last
model disappeared backstage, a lone ballerina climbed on top of the cake and twirled.
the designers addressed in Spring 2011. That show positively spit fury, though—protesting the ways women get hemmed in by
expectations to be pretty and frilly, sexy and sweet. This time around, Meadham and Kirchhoff went through the looking glass, thought
about what it means to be a girl, and came out the other side full of joy. Meadham said after the show that they'd been preoccupied
with what he called "the girl on the cake": starlets, showgirls, beauty pageant winners, models, and princesses. "I wanted to take them
off the cake, and put a real girl up there," he explained. A real girl, he went on, not defined by feminine frippery, though she may
occasionally indulge in it. Meadham and Kirchhoff certainly do; this collection absolutely luxuriated in ruffles, spangles, and bubble
-gum colors. All that sugar and spice was spun into a collection full of theatrical looks, yes, but it also included items you could
actually and happily wear. No wonder people were crying. To paraphrase Courtney Love: Who doesn't want to be the girl with the
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Posted by Jazz Age on 2013.04.03 at 12:13 AM in MEADHAM KIRCHHOFF
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