Where do I begin? Each season Meadham Kirchhoff create immaculately styled looks presented against the backdrop of innovative set design which absolutely kills it.
This season was no exception - the show wowed and surprised the audience from start to finish. On arrival all looked pretty low key by the designer's usual standards - arches constructed out of pastel balloons, the spice girls playing on the stereo and goody bags filled with novelties. It all pointed to a saccarine kid's party but there was no way anyone could have predicted what was to come.
Hole roared on to the stereo and out popped a troupe of Courtney Love-alikes wearing grungey silk outfits and welding powder puffs suggestively. This was followed by the first round of models which the Love-alikes danced wildly around, pulling up their own skirts comically. Then, another troupe, this time of adorable ballerina girls, and the piece de resistance - the curtains at the back of the stage opening to reveal the biggest birthday cake ever with models atop. The show came to a close with the Love-alikes gatecrashing the catwalk for a final knees up. It was mind blowingly good.
The collection titled, 'A wolf in lamb's clothing' channelled the nostalgic sense of childhood alongside the weird, messy world of trashy pop culture. The looks had elements of Marie Antoinette, grunge, a little girl's dress up box and a dose of showgirl. Opening with pinafore dresses covered in teddy bear designs, buttoned up dresses layered over checked shirts, styled with thigh high stocking or socks in bright sugary colour.
The eclectic looks continued to come thick and fast - big bird like fur jackets, dresses and stools in an array of pastel hues, lasor cut skirts and dresses teamed with paint splattered hair and teddy bear bags. White dresses styled against bright tights and trashy neon bra straps peeping through. Peroxide blonde wigs, stunning structured bodies and tulip skirted dresses - either layered over lace or paired with long Red Riding Hood style capes.
There was so just so very much to take in visually, but it was a fluid presentation - a skill Meadham Kirchhoff keep perfecting with each season.
I loved it. For me, this is what fashion should always, absolutely be about. Every element - the clothes, the set design, the sound track painstakingly perfected to create an exciting fantasy world for the audience. Meadham Kirchhoff consistently create strong enough collections to just send down the catwalk on their own, but why on earth stop there? And thank goodness they choose not to.
I am pretty sure this will be up there again as show of the season and some of that infectious Love-alikes spirit will infuse us all come Spring 2012.
'M K forever' written in big, beautiful pastel balloons.