Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Meadham Kirchhoff Menswear Spring 2014

I'd like to imagine these are the clothes Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff have been dying to make- the dynamic duo have enjoyed unprecedented success with their women's collections drawing on influences from Courtney Love, Marie Antoinette and inspiring a generation of teenage girls to decorate plastic headbands with pipe cleaners, pom poms and glitter.The new frontier of their designing careers appears to be menswear, but it's all a bit secret and still in its exciting infant stage. The collections so far have been small, quiet affairs consisting of a few pieces each and subordinate to the women's collection with pieces consisting of clean lines sporadically dusted with cutesy, children's picture book themed logos, all sprinkled with a touch of fairy dust. I was obviously wowed by the enviable colourful clogs, gumboots and embellished grocery shopping bags but my eyes were also cast to PVC jackets in 1950s greaser tradition.

The models were effeminate 21st century recreations of Adonis modernized with the occasional slicked back hairstyle which were subverted by cute brushes of blush. There's not much else to say about the presentation of the models, other than they all looked super adorable blurring the lines of gender wearing what could be, either super long shirts or dresses. Some people tend to get really angry when men wear dresses or skirts and find it offensive, but I fail to see how the way in which someone dresses can be turned into a personal attack. But then again I spent much of my mad teen years locked away in my bedroom reading style blogs late into the night- where the authors were more concerned about exploring the idea of a character, rather than using clothes to please someone else. Meadham Kirchhoff have again created a magical universe made all the more interesting by being inhabited by citizens who dress the way they have always wanted too. 

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