London fashion week
By AlexLoves on September 21st, 2011
Meadham Kirchhoff Spring/Summer 2012
As it was the last day of London Fashion Week, lots of top editors had already packed their bags and left for Milan, which meant they ended up missed one of the best and funniest shows ever. Meadham Kirchhoff put on a real spectacle, which had everyone laughing so hard – including a brief smile on Anna Wintour’s face – we almost forgot about our painful feet and lack of sleep.
Words can’t quite describe what went on, but here’s an attempt. A Hole track burst onto the speakers and out came a dozen girls with messy blonde bobs, smeared make up and matching pastel-coloured satin dresses which revealed their neon bras. As they came on they were frantically putting on lipstick or powdering their faces, and just as we were wondering whether this was the collection, the girls burst into a choreographed dance routine, to everyone’s delight. The “real” models then appeared and walked around them, wearing clown and cartoon-inspired outfits. To be honest, I was too distracted by the dancing girls to really notice.
Then the music drastically changed to slow classical music, and out came a group of little ballerinas, butterfly wings, tutu’s and all. Cue lots of ooh and aaah-ing. The ballerinas performed a little ballet routine, again with the models walking around them. Then out of nowhere, the gold curtain opened up revealing another handful of showgirl-style models on a tiered podium. One surprise kept following another until there were editors in tears of laughter. You’ve got to hand it to the Meadham Kirchhoff boys: they managed to make fashion fun again. After days of trawling around town, queueing for hours and lack of sleep, this was just the little boost we all very much needed.
As for the actual clothes? I only really saw them after I arrived back home. Between the completely over-the-top styling and almost theatrical spectacle, there were actually some incredible pieces there. Some of it a modern take on Marie-Antoinette-style dresses, others inspired by the circus and even showgirls. However, the cartoon-esque knitwear sweaters are bound to be on every fashionista’s wishlist.
Thanks boys, for putting that much-needed smile back on our faces. Those on the way to Milan will be kicking themselves, as this show will be the talk of the town for some time.
Alex is the author of popular fashion blog www.alexloves.com
Images: London Fashion Week and Press Association