5 posts tagged "Ed Meadham"
It’s been a big week for British ready-to-wear label Meadham Kirchhoff. Designed by Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, the brand, which is best known for its highly intricate and deliciously eccentric looks, launched its first capsule for Topshop earlier this week. (To our disappointment, some of our favorite items are already sold out.) Today, it was announced that the designers will be the stars of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s next Fashion in Motion event. Scheduled for December 6, the spectacular will offer four runway shows featuring the greatest hits from the brand’s seven years on the womenswear circuit. Here’s hoping that LED dance floor from the pair’s Fall ’12 disco collection (left) makes its way to the museum.
The Fall ’13 season is now well under way, and as we follow the shows to London, Milan, and Paris, we’ve asked some of the most anticipated names to offer a sneak peek. Naturally, it’s a busy time for everyone—designers and fashion watchers alike—so we’re pioneering the split-second preview: tweet-length previews at 140 characters or less. To view all of our Fall ’13 previews, click here.
WHO: Meadham Kirchhoff, designed by Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff
WHEN: Tuesday, February 19
WHAT: “This collection is dedicated to the long-distant memory of integrity.” —Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. The designers sent us an inspiration image for their Fall ’13 collection, which they’ve titled Helter Skelter, above.
Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff are two designers who know how to deliver a real show on the runway. This season, the Meadham Kirchhoff recipe for success included parlor scene vignettes (custom-made by the team at de Gournay), cupcakes, lavish bouquets of flowers, and clothes injected with a dash of nostalgia and glamour. Here, Style.com shares an exclusive video from the show. “There is something so exclusive and privileged about catwalk shows, and we try to make them an intimate experience for the audience,” the design duo tells Style.com. “The film should be a reflection of that moment.” Watch that moment come to life in the video above.
Ed Meadham and Ben Kirchhoff’s Fall collection was rainbow-hued and full of sparkle, a look they said was inspired by a club they wanted to go to, if only it existed. For Spring, it appears the element of fantasy is still strongly intact. The Meadham Kirchhoff designers gave Style.com an exclusive preview of what is to come at their London show tomorrow, and Meadham’s sketch is pictured above. “I wanted this collection to take me as far away as possible from my own reality, and in particular from Dalston,” he says. “It’s about the dream of escape. It is a fantasy of opulence, decadence, glamour, and wealth.” Check back tomorrow to see the full collection and our review.
A quote from Louise Bourgeois greeted attendees at today’s Meadham Kirchhoff show: “My knives are like a tongue,” read the flyer left on the seats. The rest of the quotation is worth citing, too—”My knives are like a tongue—I love, I do not love, I hate. If you don’t love me, I am ready to attack.”—because if the clothes on the M/K runway conjured that sentiment abstractly, it was all but literalized by the jewelry affixed to the models’ shoes. Created by Jordan Askill, in collaboration with Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, the electroplated resin adornments licked out from the heels of the oxfords worn with every look, appearing birdlike from one angle, bladelike from another. “Ben and Ed wanted something fragile for the shoes,” explained Askill. “Something in contrast to the stompy-ness of the shoe itself, fragile and precious.” Askill developed the Meadham Kirchhoff shoe jewelry from a sculpture of a bird he’d been working on; now the shoe jewelry has, in turn, inspired Battle Cat, the sculpture he’s installing at the Fashion East menswear presentation later this week. Menswear editors ought to keep their eyes peeled for Askill’s wares, as well as his artwork—he worked with Hedi Slimane at Dior Homme prior to launching his eponymous jewelry range last year, and his pieces are sold at Dover Street Market and Rick Owens. The Meadham Kirchhoff collaboration is his first, but Askill’s strategy of snatching inspiration wherever it finds you is well honed. “Found objects, movies I’ve seen, memories, watching the way birds fly together, in one shape,” he says, reeling off reference points. “Whatever’s on my mind, basically.”