3 posts tagged "Meadham Kirchoff"
Amid all of the fanfare at yesterday’s Meadham Kirchhoff show—models came onto the runway by way of a giant cake, in case you hadn’t heard—there was a live-action beauty moment that took place on the catwalk, rather than backstage. After a group of Courtney Love-inspired girls took their places—dip-dyed blonde wigs, messy makeup, and all—they each pulled a bullet of MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo out of their cleavage and started applying the pigment to their mouths. But these weren’t just any lipstick bullets: These were custom-designed bullets that Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff made for their show. Available in four different glitter-encrusted, pastel shades, the packaging was apparently just a one-off for their Spring presentation. But in our experience, one-offs have a funny way of becoming limited-edition collections—which we’re really hoping is the case here. How fun would it be to pull one of these bad boys out of your makeup bag come January?
When we arrived backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff, 15 lingerie-clad girls had assembled by the runway entrance, their hair dyed an array of candy-coated colors. But this wasn’t just another embodiment of Spring’s hair color trend—which became abundantly clear when we made our way over to hair artist James Pecis. “They’re Courtney wigs,” Pecis said of the show’s opening act, for which he snipped a series of blonde wigs into Courtney Love circa-1991 shags, dip-dyeing them shades of pastel blue, cotton candy pink, and canary yellow, then coating them with John Frieda Thickening Spray and throwing them in a bag for a month to get a real, negligent kind of matted-down texture. (“How’s that for a styling tip?” Pecis joked.) For his second act, in which he hand-set 25 additional flaxen wigs, curling them with medium-barrel irons and styling them with John Frieda Hairspray, Pecis was inspired by a number of other iconic blondes. “Each wig came with its own specific photo reference,” he explained, showing us a Madonna card, followed by tags for Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Veronica Lake, and even Farrah Fawcett, which he gave “the Meadham twist” by splattering strands with acrylic paint in the same confectionery palette. “There’s not a stitch of black in the collection,” he continued—or in the makeup, for that matter, for which face painter Florrie White was channeling Pop Art. “It’s Marilyn, but it’s Warhol’s Marilyn,” she said of the inspiration behind the über-bright pigments she drew onto models’ faces way outside the lines. “Imperfection is perfection for this,” she said. “We made the Courtney girls put on their lipstick with their eyes closed!” As for her own application techniques, which leaned heavily on MAC Paintsticks and Chromacakes, the designers gave the right-handed White one piece of advice: “They told me to apply all the makeup with my other hand!”
We’ve long been a fan of Kate Nash’s onstage look—the vintage dresses, the heavy ginger fringe; it all works for the London singer’s sweet indie pop stylings. Back on tour this spring, Nash appears to have added another element to her performance persona: face paint! We spotted Nash belting it out in the U.K. this weekend with shorter-than-usual rockabilly bangs and a black heart and three precisely penciled-in black dots scrawled above a perfectly painted red pout. Face-painting makes occasional forays into the fashion realm (its latest cameo came on the Fall runways of both Louise Gray and Meadham Kirchhoff), but the art form has always gone hand in hand with rock. Think Natasha Khan and KISS (good) and Ke$ha (less so). Where would you rank Nash’s complexion-as-canvas experiment?