September 20, 2009 London
It wasn't exactly a severe about-turn from the androgynous, deconstructed street look their followers love (a path that has taken the designers closer to the Belgian way than the British), but the addition of fine edgings of lace on a tailored jacket, and a plethora of flyaway chiffon dresses added a touch of something distinctly romantic. "Chaotic pleating" was Meadham's term for the irregular crimping effects in a cream dress. "We even used pink!" he exclaimed, as if that were some kind of transgression. "We were worried what people would think about that."
The new delicacy brought out one stunning runway image: that of clustering velvet bows on a navy tulle wrap, which from a distance looked like a swarm of bees. A closer look at the collection on the rails backstage held the promise that Meadham Kirchhoff will have a lot more to sell in the way of pretty slips and silk polka-dot dresses, and the chance to reach many more women than those who already like the label's hip split-knee pants and parkas.