It's taken me about four months to get my arse into gear and conclude the analysis of the "More, More, More" series of seminal London fashion week collections, that got my eyeballs enlarged, goosepumps tingling and hands clapping last season.  Actually it's taken me nearly a year to say that it shook me to the core when Meadham Kirchhoff did what seemed like a 180 in their A/W 10-11 show, taking their deconstructed craftsmanship and shedding its utilitarian shell to reveal a Christmas tree decoration explosion that took place on the catwalk, set to a Bedouin tent backdrop.  It was a jolt that spoke so specifically to the side of me that can't resist layers, adornment, too much, textures, complexity and femininity that satisfies you and you alone and doesn't play up to the pressures of flirtations with other people.  Basically, what Meadham Kirchhoff have done in their past two collections is sum up my ideal vision of attire in a hyper reality where parks might look a little like their set for their S/S 11 show as seen below.  I also say it's a hyper reality because wearing pieces as beautifully made as Meadham Kirchhoff's everyday might be a little dizzying, a drug-like experience if you will. 

I guess Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff don't need the seal of approval from myself when they have since been recognised in an official capacity with an Best Emerging Talent award at the British Fashion Awards as well as winning Fashion Forward sponsorship for the first time.  Therefore, it seems like the perfect time to extol what will be hitting stores very soon and look forward to what they have in store for A/W 11-12 collection which apparently will involve "Revolt, texture and feminism" – in other words, more of the same, except with a little more added on top?

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If the A/W 10-11 was initially clouded by onlookers' reactions of confusion followed up by eventual delight, then I was definitely come over with instant lust for the S/S 11 collection, beginning with the glittering headpieces by Nasir Mazhard and ending in more sequins and embellishment at the feet courtesy of the shoes designed by Nicholas Kirkwood for Pollini.  I remember speaking to the boys at their A/W 10-11 show and asking about their seeming 180 degree swing, and they said that they're still just young designers who can't be boxed in yet.  Those words have put in a swig of perspective into how I view young designers and their career trajector, and by young, I mean with less than five years of consistent collections under their belt – how can we expect designers to find their niche immediately and limit them in terms of aesthetics in such a short period of time?  Because fashion requires jam jar labelling immediately?  Because we heap pressure on young designers (especially those in London) to reach dizzying heights in one season?

Still, looking back at Meadham Kirchhoff's past collections, the details of deconstruction were always there except they have now burst into a colourful passage, creating a genre and signature that is uniquely their own.  The 'grunge and utilitarian' box has been bust open and instead we have something that alludes to aspects of princesses, punk, lolita, goth, My Little Ponies, defunct labels like Biba and Granny Takes a Trip, Victoriana, Fruits, New Romantics… and you can go on, but you certainly can't pick a singular description, noun, music genre or era to sum it all up… and you wouldn't want to…

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The thing that is consistently emphatic though is the beautiful make which yes, means prohibitive prices but would it make sense if this colourful chaos was let down by shonky handiwork?  Nope… and in a perverse way, I like that the dreamy aspect of the clothes is further impounded by the fact that they're beyond my reach…

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Well…except… I'm still crossing my fingers that somehow a pair of these will magically appear on my feet with the click of a finger.  Actually, with the rub of a finger as I can't click them properly to make a noise.  Will someone hear my silent finger rub?  Let's hope the designs that Nicholas Kirkwood did for Studio Pollini will all be commercially available…

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(All catwalk detail shots from Vogue.com and backstage shots taken from Dazed Digital)

If dreaming is all that can be done about the bona fide thing, there's no stopping me from accessing the spirit of Meadham Kirchhoff's collections that affected me from the beginning of that A/W 10-11 show and all the way through the S/S 11 one.  It's a spirit that means that there is a higher element of 'play' when getting dressed.  There's a trial and error with layering different things together because I'm not about to give it all up for the easy-to-reach option of flinging on the simple formula of shirt + trousers + jacket.  So it will take longer.  My bed will become a disarray of vintage slip dresses, old pieces that I hardly ever wear anymore.  It's a my idea of a fun puzzle to solve, piecing things together until I feel that there's a smidgen of the sort of uncompromising feminity that Meadham Kirchhoff get so spot on.  I say a smidgen because of the absence of the real McCoy but I'll settle for smidgen.  Any excuse to stare blankly at clothes on my bed until a eureka moment comes along. 

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(Vintage dusky pink shirt, vintage coral slip dress, Triskaidekaphobia black leather collar necklace, Topshop pleated pinafore dress, vintage pale blue knit skirt, Tabio coral stirrup socks, vintage shoes, Liberty fabric knot watch)

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(Lanvin x H&M sheer cardigan, Carven bib collar, Browns Focus face vest, vintage coral cape, Issey Miyake Pleats Please fluro yellow skirt, vintage lace-edged trousers, Miu Miu shoes)

Comments (29)

  1. u look sooo cute 🙂
    love it

  2. I would’ve have killed for that watch in 2nd grade — had the shorts to match it perfectoooissima. But since my tastes haven’t veered or much evolved, I’d still kill for it now :p teehee

  3. Jessi Lou says:

    CUTE!! I wish my hair could be different colors.
    http://thechicaddict.blogspot.com

  4. That hair coloring is super cool, I wish I could do something like that for a day or two 🙂
    xoxo
    http://fashionagony.blogspot.com/

  5. moi says:

    Ye, I love what these guys do, serious attitude and they smash it every time. Wish they’d return to doing a more focused mens line. With a neo-punk glam feel… I’m becoming to preppy with all this Haider Ackermann spoofyness… silk slippers!!! I’ve succumb!

  6. Leonidas says:

    i am in LOVE with their hair! and the shoes are stunning ofcourse! and you susie are always charming. x
    http://thestyleparticle.blogspot.com

  7. THis post is SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!! I’m in rainbow heaven!!!! like TOTAL RAINBOW heaven!!!! The hair….is sooooooooooooooooooo happy and gorgeous! obbbsessive!!! And those shoes ROCKKKK!!! I’m clicking my heels for the both of us for them to magically appear!!!! The workmanship is outta this world!!!
    Happy WEEKEND!
    kisses and lots of happy shoes
    xoThe Beckerman Girls
    http://www.BeckermanBitePlate.com

  8. Emma Winn says:

    I loved this collection also although I haven’t until now seen the amazing floral display on the runway mmmmm. I know ur not a fan of makeup but some of those drawn on lower eyelashes would look siiiick on you I reckon.
    xx
    winnsome
    p.s. I’m still obsessing over those lace/mesh bowties by marwood but their website is saying they aren’t available till july or something nooooooo. I know ur super busy putting together awesome posts, shop windows and general mingling but can u spare a moment to let me know of any other awesome bowtie places online? I’d really appreciate it 🙂 thanks suuussiiie
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  9. lauren says:

    honestly I wasn’t into the collection (just a little too violent and clownish), but I thought your outfits were adorable.

  10. Rossella says:

    love your post
    i love the lace and the layering and the colors
    let me know your thoughts on my blog
    My Couture Diaries

  11. Rossella says:

    love your post
    i love the lace and the layering and the colors
    let me know your thoughts on my blog
    http://mycouturediaries.blogspot.com

  12. boyun says:

    you look sooo great!!!!
    all the post and picutures you write are very nice~!! 😀

  13. Melike says:

    Love all the colors in this post. It is gorgeous. It wants me to fast forward to spring.
    My blog:http://acupofsparkle.blogspot.com/
    My jewelry shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ACupOfSparkle

  14. this is love! this post is so inspirational!!!!

  15. My name is Giacobba says:

    that fashion show looked incredible, so inspiring it made me wish i had rainbow hair.
    your outfits are gorgeous too!

  16. Adia says:

    I love the combination and the contrast of the color!
    http://blog.adiabraun.com

  17. Eve says:

    Amazing colors ! And i loooove your watch !!

  18. The colors in this post make me sooo happy!!
    😀

  19. rouli says:

    great post!
    great colours!
    love the hair:)
    ur outfits are so cool:)
    kiss

  20. fancypants says:

    susie, susie, susie!
    I don’t know why I have never notcied this…but whils your outfits are ever-astonishing, your hair always remains the same. Would you ever consider taking the Meadham Kirchhoff rainbow hair for a whirl?
    (I reckon the pinks, purples and blues would provide the perfect starting palette for a signature style-bubble look!)

  21. susie_bubble says:

    Fancypants: Unfortunately my hair is pretty undyable… I’d have to bleach it to get it to take on any colour…. and frankly I like the condition of my hair far too much to have it breaking on me…
    I haven’t completely ruled it out though!

  22. miss kelly says:

    simply swooniful….
    so happy you exist to provide inspiration and fun to the world as well as the fashion realm.
    breathtaking….

  23. Arstcrylique says:

    Explosive colors and looks.
    Inspiring and funny 🙂
    Sara Ottavia C.

  24. callahan says:

    Im not afraid to admit, my mouth automatically opened wide at sheer amaxement of them images walking down the catwalk, oh what I would give to see these amazing creations close up.
    Love your whole dress sense, the world needs more people that arent afraid to push the silly boudries put out there! x
    http://peaceandloveand.blogspot.com/

  25. Madison says:

    You’re outfits are so creative and they turned out so great! I admire your style!

  26. Jennifer says:

    The hair for Meadham Kirchhoff’s show was amazing, the whole rainbow colours and then the styling <3
    Apart from that I'm still not sure if I loved the outfits as a whole, but the shoes were really cute. I do, however, love your inspired outfit, are those the David Bowie shoes from the monki tv video? I'm jealous of them.

  27. Carla says:

    I love your interpretation of the Meadham Kirchhoff looks, they are so spot on. A great post as always!

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