To show off their spring/summer 2014 collection, designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff decided to toss roses onto their runway. If one thought that meant the line was going to be soft and romantic, though, they were quite mistaken. Instead, the audience heard music from a horror soundtrack and saw a progression of models that looked something like possessed Victorian dolls.
I didn’t catch it at first. The initial look down the runway was very British school girl: blue tailored suit with pleated skirt, large-brimmed hat, knee socks, and a bright red braided wig. My first thought was Pippi Longstocking. No, I was wrong. Very, very, very wrong.
What Meadham and Kirchoff did in masterful stride was create a look and then deconstruct it right in front of our very eyes. By the fifth look, the school uniform jacket had been cropped short, as though slashed with a knife. Look six: the sleeves are ripped and half-way down the model’s arms. Look seven: the poor girl is down to nothing but her slip.
As the show progresses, the duo present a collection of dresses and separates that, while keeping at least in spirit with the schoolgirl motif, manage to look modern and enticing. Wait, can Victorian silhouettes look enticing? Yes, yes they can.
What we end up with is dresses in white lace, jackets in crocodile prints, both monochrome and red-tinged floral prints, and red and gold opera gloves. When this collection actually hits store shelves it will be easier to see just how wearable and wonderful the line actually is.
it is worth noting that for many of the pieces the backs are open, again as though they’ve been removed by force rather than intention. This might prevent one from actually being able to wear the pieces to school. I also have no idea whether the hats will actually be for sale or not. We can certainly hope so.
Dark, sinister, and incredibly beautiful, this Meadham Kirchoff line is exciting and one well worth some space in your closet.