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Brief Published: 20 Feb 2013

LFW A/W 13-14: Meadham Kirchhoff


Always one of the more theatrical shows at London Fashion Week, designers Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff upheld their reputation for the weird and wonderful with an Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection that married the innocent with the macabre.

Using a more sombre palette of black, white and antique-feeling neutrals, the collection based itself around the idea of Victoriana melancholy, with sailor suits, ruffled Edwardian collars and traditional housemaid uniforms forming the basis of the collection. Forties set finger curls, crimson lips and matching nails added to the vintage look.

Ruffles and lace were subverted with the addition of glossy black PVC for a fetish-inspired finishing touch. Laser-cut frills adorned hems and necklines for a dramatic statement, while square panels of the patent textile gave childlike and romantic looks a surreal edge.

Metallic Marie Antoinette-style slippers, tiara headpieces and lace veils provided an instance of the princess-inspired playfulness Meadham Kirchhoff have gained a cult following for in recent years. Amidst all the dark romance, there were several pieces that seemed more wearable than previous seasons – namely the gold brocade suiting and coats that will no doubt instantly resonate with the blogging community.

London Fashion Week finished yesterday, while Milan Fashion Week starts today.

Meadham Kirchoff