The Meadham Kirchhoff
runway is frequently a good place to seek meaning. Sometimes, though, you just want to enjoy the clothes. This was one of Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff's "pretty" seasons, comprised of looks decadent in their hand-detailed beauty. Today's show kicked off with one of the duo's Chanel riffs, with candy-colored variations on the classic double-C bouclé jacket and tweed suit. No subversive commentary implied: This Chanel homage read much like an audition to take over the brand once the immortal Karl retires. We suspect these cheeky Londoners are the longest of long shots for that gig, but if you pictured these clothes on supermodels walking down a vast Paris runway, you'd have to agree that Meadham and Kirchhoff made a pretty convincing case. To wit, the suit in an off-red grid check, which was fully embroidered—a mind-boggling luxury, that. Ditto the black dévoré dresses with hand-beaded silver embellishment, the velvet slipdress with yellow crystal, and the frothy tiered dresses of chiffon and French lace, worn with pantaloons. The looks that really broke new ground for the brand, though, were the patchworked dresses in velvet and leather. Meadham and Kirchhoff don't typically go so graphic, but these pieces added a nice charge to the collection; they cut the froth. And, like much of what was on the catwalk today, the dresses read as not just pretty, but pretty darn commercial. Next stop: Chanel?