Although I've previously written about this fabulous collection, I couldn't resist discussing the combination of French historic nods towards Marie Antoinette combined with Hole's Courtney Love as inspirations for the Meadham Kirchhoff Spring collection of 2013. Also since rumors of the brand having to close down in December I thought it would be good to revisit some of their previous work and the processes by which the find the aesthetic for their collection each seasons. Lately I've also been thinking about the way bloggers use jewellery as the seamless addition of their outfits, particularly vintage jewellery and how I can bring some of that to my personal style. Often I get so caught up in the colour and patterns of my clothes I often neglect how I can accessorize an outfit to make it unique, save for a growing collection of badges and brooches. The decadence of Marie Antoinette is as an exaggerated reminder that jewellery and headwear is as much a part of dressing as the clothes themselves, although you seldom see that reflected in street style.
I used to wear a lot of jewellery throughout high school despite the fact it was against uniform but my teachers liked me and for the most part left me alone. In my senior year though as the stress levels went up I became less concerned with my good luck charms until I pretty much stopped altogether. Nowadays I only wear one ring at a time, nothing on my wrists and a necklace if it matches a particular outfit. Earrings are treated as a separate entity since I have so many now there's usually at least one pair that matches the colours or theme of an outfit. The problem is the earrings don't really match any of the jewellery I have and I normally forget to take close up pictures of them anyway. I also feel that while my stuff is high quality I only have a limited selection so I'd just be wearing the same things over and over. So basically I should be aim to be less forgetful and more conscience of accessories adding value to my outfits, rather than detracting from them.
Ed Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff spared no expense when it came to the presentation of their 2013 collection, as you can see from the elaborate full-length gloves, manicured nails and ribbons. Despite the different techniques and types of accessories each outfit remains holistic and connected through their historical inspiration in the form of Marie Antoinette. If you don't want to dress like Queen of France on a daily basis it's easier to use a single piece of jewellery effectively. If you want to wear different layers have a single theme, shape of colour in mind to keep it cohesive. It's also important to consider the different lengths and thicknesses of necklaces and bracelets, as well as the heights they sit at. There's so many different things to think about and I've only just scratched the surface here but experimentation and trying new things allows you to get a feel for what's right and what isn't. Hopefully there'll be more of that from me this year!
*Photos by Eleanor Hardwick for Rookie Mag