With momentum and motivation I find myself covering and critiquing yet another Meadham Kirchhoff collection. It must be love, I must be a fan girl, I might possibly be mad. Whatever the case, there certainly was a change of pace from the grunge aesthetic and monstrously bright makeup of other collections instead looking to the past for inspiration. In particular I recognise embroidered pantaloons, corset tied busts and a nod to the style and fashion of 18th century France to draw strength from. But having said that it is far different from Karl Lagerfeld's Chanel Resort 2013 collection shown off in front of a spectacular water fountain and proclaimed as a tribute to Versailles. Whereas Chanel opted for fake tattoos dotting the darling faces of their models, pastel tones and a lot more lace Meadham Kirchhoff have been unable to resist red yet again and focus on the fancy details of stockings, socks and adorned, embellished trousers.
haven't been in style for a few seasons now, but I do love the way
Meadham Kirchhoff have taken on the challenge mincing it together with
bustiers and thinner straps and a baroque golden aura. I really love the
bows and how frequently they appear but in the different tones of the
season- they could put my mother's gift wrapping to shame and believe
me. My mother sure knows how to gift wrap a present and tie her bows.
She must have been a scout master spirit guide or something in a past
life. Anyway, it's also an accessible way to ease yourself into the
trend by adding some bows to knee high socks and if you're really keen
then ringlets in your hair. Be sure to add some sweet rosy cheeks and
huge jeweled earrings together too to really capitalise on the trends
set up in good stead. The ribbon motif was also used to spell out some
simple phrases and stuff elevating sweatshirts to a whole other level
and cotton t-shirts also wormed their way into this presentation; which
did surprise me a little. Don't worry though- the likeness of Minnie
Mouse sweetens the deal for those basic tees.
The peplum fad
for Spring was emphasised in fluted and veiled corsets and spread across
into wider and more structured hips on the bolder dresses and skirts. I
remember when peplums seemed to reach a fever pitch and all I can think
of when I see them is horses and horse-racing; but thankfully thick,
glorious and luxurious materials with a more starchy texture and
magnificent colours can be seen hidden under coloured lace and statement
buttons. If I had to pick what the star of the show was, it would be
those corsets though. It's far gone from the leather clad, dominatrix
trend which I admire and also inspiration for hard-working art students.
I sure know that if I was still doing design I would be all over this
and working out how best to adapt it to my own hand of style and theme
The patterns are
every thing you expect from this dynamic duo and more, but they've also
taken their collaborative brand in a more mature direction with a more
minimalist approach to decorating their catwalk. There's a bit more
variation with the matching shoes of the collection too, deviating
between knee high boots and slinky mid heel shoes. Jewels and bows were
the life of the party as far as footwear is concerned which by a plain
description sounds boring, but there are other accessories too in the
way of broad rimmed hats and long earrings that outrank even the
classiest of family jewels. If family jewels are even real anymore and
not just a euphemism for genitals.
I found it
interesting to see the perception of the designers and creators of the
collection. Much like when I reviewed any recorded vocals I had sung I
would find myself cringing in a "IS THAT WHAT I REALLY SOUND LIKE!?"
kind of way. If you go back to the original article,
then you get my drift. When interviewed by contributors of Rookie Mag
the designers and team that worked on this pieces seemed to dissect them
so cruelly. Such as paraphrased lines of 'Oh I don't like this and this
didn't turn out the way I wanted it' and that kind of tone. Of course
being critical of mistakes and learning how to improve is important when
art is concerned because it's about refining your craft but I found it
interesting to see how someone at the top of their game felt a little
repulsed by what they made when all things considered it was a beautiful
thing of art on the whole. Very 'Marie Antoinette' busy with diamond
cocktail necklaces, ribbons everywhere in the vain of a Sofia Coppola
movie. But with a sharper focused camera.
As always, masters of style and creative geniuses Edward
Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff save the best for last and suddenly the
motifs of the collection explode into life being a little more frantic
and busy with detail. Normally I cringe at the very mention of catsuits
thinking of poor awkward batman being harassed and whatnot and probably
deliberating what to tell Robin the Boy Wonder and his young charge just
what the heck all the innuendo means. But I love this- red and yellow
was featured recently in an outfit post and with sunny weather on the
way I am feeling all the good vibes these two bright colours transcend.
Also the necklace shown off on this model: yowzah. It could compete with
the illusive and rare "blue diamond", otherwise known as the heart of
the sea and a vital plot device of the Titanic movie. Yellow is
generally not my friend but here I could stand to be covered in it and
roll around on hills of endless daisies at the risk of dying of acute
hay fever and itchy eyes. That whole scenario would naturally kind of
suck, but I would die happy you know? Being dressed in finery and
adequately prepared for the afterlife. THIS IS WHY I'M MACABRE AND BAD
AT MAKING FRIENDS!