In the words of Monty Python, “And now for something completely different!” Meadham Kirchhoff’s electrifying show was total fashion anarchy – from the casting of “real people” instead of models to the extreme piled-on, futuristic clothes. There were haphazardly printed leotards, tights that sprouted unsightly tufts of hair, knit body suits, and deshabillé dresses covered in lampshade pleating, pom-poms, and fringe. Cyber-punk meets harlequin meets Harajuku on the Kirchhoff runway, and if that doesn’t sound crazy enough let’s throw Miss Havisham into the mix too. We’ve seen moments like this before – Vivienne Westwood and Jean Paul Gaultier spring to mind – but Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s creations are more youthful, oriented toward the fashion-obsessed street style guerilla youth army.
If you think that sounds like a hot mess, guess what, Meadham Kirchhoff doesn’t care! They’re not in this to make accessible clothes for the well-to-do, they’re here to shake up the establishment with highly individualized style that expresses real, authentic personality. While the rest of the fashion world courts punk style with fur and flashiness, Meadham Kirchhoff takes on nouveau-punk like no other. This collection stabs a giant middle finger at tradition, and opts to take us for a wild ride through a punk-infused wonderland instead.
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