Meadham Kirchhoff's "Cautionary Tale" of Whimsical 18th-Century Decadence
Let them eat cupcakes! That’s what some of the models did at Meadham Kirchhoff as they sauntered along the catwalk. The whimsical rococo stylings of the London Fashion Week show, titled “A Cautionary Tale,” provided more than just a collection of clothes; the runway was decorated with a theatrical set adorned with fruit, 18th-century style furnishings, and lush Chinioserie floral panels that would have made Marie Antoinette proud. Benjamin Kirchhoff and Edward Meadham presented a fantasy-filled collection of satin bows, playful patterns, and ruffles. Minnie Mouse even made a cameo appearance on a T-shirt. Whispers of John Galliano could be heard after the show, and we understood exactly what they meant — the over-the-top decadence and flamboyant silhouettes explained it all.
Who It’s For: 21st-century Marie Antoinettes
Color Palette: Red, royal blue, yellow, white, black
Silhouettes: Poofy skirts and sleeves, corseted tops
Materials: Brocade, satin, lace, denim, tulle, taffeta
Inspirations: “But it was just about pretty things,” Meadham told Elle U.K. “I wanted beauty, basically. Nothing but beauty.”
Front Row Notables: Diane Pernet, Hamish Bowles
Click on the slide show to see looks from the spring/summer 2013 Meadham Kirchhoff collection.