The Cosmology of Women for All

The Cosmology of Women for All

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I've been packing like a mad woman but the apartment still looks like I haven't made an actual dent into the mounds of stuff I've accumulated over the past five years.  In a painful process of discarding things, a folder of Meadham Kirchhoff invitations and press releases have been saved from the fate of the paper bin.  Although in reality, it's only been a one or two years since some of their seminal shows such as the pastel froth S/S 12 A Wolf in Sheep's Lamb's Clothing or their witchy A/W 11-2 "I am a lie that tells the truth" but looking back at their A Cosmology of Women series of collections (from A/W 10-A/W12) already feels like "vintage" Meadham Kirchhoff.  In a short space of time, Ben Kirchhoff and Ed Meadham have established a lexicography, a language and a devoted fanbase that have come to associate pastel frou for, witchy frocks, Lisa Frank-esque cartoon motifs and above all, don't-give-a-fuck what people think attitude with the duo.  Since then they have turned a corner and turned their attention to unadulterated and whimsical craft on their own terms and recent seasons have seen them perhaps shift away from those earlier tropes.    

Meadham Kirchhoff's second and latest collaboration with Topshop, which has just gone live today, therefore represents something of a diffused greatest hits collection.   Ben and Ed have always said they have no qualms with their younger fans recreating their looks and aesthetic on the cheap because their price points are admittedly out of their reach and so it is that Topshop have enabled them to give their Tumblr-clicking and dip-dyed tressed devotees a chance to buy into all the aesthetic strands of what Meadham Kirchhoff have built up.  The premise is that there's this fictional girl band, The Cherrys and that each of the four members represents a particular MK genre.  There's Cherry Cherie and her flouncy and dainty printed chiffons and 70s Gunne Sax vibes.  There's Cherry Satanika who loves a slick of red leather a show of lace-edged slip.  There's Cherry Pika and her fabric mash-ups of granny crochet and and frilled PVC.  Then there's Cherry Blossom, possibly Meadham Kircchoff's most widely recognisable visual trope, originating from their S/S 12 collection and has every subsequent designer doing pastels, fondant fancy fabrics and girly girly sugariness being compared to the duo.  

When playing around with the samples, it was all too tempting to go for the obvious with the Cherry Blossom looks.  My trip to Tokyo yielded a whole bag of pastel coloured wigs, which have been endlessly hilarious to try on.  Although Ben and Ed have never purposely referenced Tokyo Harajuku Lolitas, you can't help but make the comparison.  And so I present you with my quad tiered iced cake look, complete with powder blue wig, the obligatory peace sign and a mega dose of KAWAII.  The other star pieces for me such as the PVC frilly apron dungarees, the pentagram patchwork San Fran leathers and the multi-coloured chubbies are all there to be mixed, matched and mashed up in whatever way you fancy.  Hopefully The Cherrys aren't going to be too prescriptive.  Judging by the online stock availabilities, a lot of it is selling out fast, and in particular the very excellent, very me-me-me shoes (who is going to rock the green monster shoes with me‚Ķ say YES PLEASE!) seem to be popular.  That said, as with the J.W. Anderson Topshop collabs, quantities have been upped and so hopefully there'll be enough of it to go around the world over.  I look forward to seeing this stuff worn with gusto and rabid enthusiasm.  Expect rampant use of heart and stars emojis when people wearing the collection starts to filter through on Instagram.  

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IMG_0219Meadham x Kirchhoff Topshop PVC frill mac, rainbow frill blouse, fur-edged skirt, stripy lurex tights, pastel mary jane shoes

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IMG_0094Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop red PVC apron dungarees worn with Meadham Kirchhoff chifon shirt, vintage patchwork puffer body warmer and Valentino rock stud shoes

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IMG_0135Meadham Kirchhoff fo Topshop pentagram leather bomber jacket, leather trousers, monster face jumper worn with Nike liquid gold Air Max 1's

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IMG_0153Meadham Kirchhoff x Topshop muli-coloured mongolian stole, star tunic, navy slip skirt worn with Marc Jacobs shoes

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  1. mariposa fashion blog

    2013-11-21 at 11:19 AM

    100% inspiration for me!
    xxx from hamburg.
    http://www.mariposa-fashion.de/blog

  2. Jana H.

    2013-11-21 at 11:39 AM

    Like always, you can wear these wonderful colors, and combinations without looking silly!!
    Thank you.
    Jana H.

  3. Jessica Rose

    2013-11-21 at 11:59 AM

    Wow….its so funny…although I would never wear these in a million years…I like to see other people wearing bright and expressive clothing like these. Maybe I worry to much what other people would think! ;(
    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk Jess. x

  4. the style crusader

    2013-11-21 at 12:09 PM

    It is beyond amazing. Love the green monster shoes but they’re already sold out online. Also, you are rocking that PVC red playsuit. xx

  5. Nora

    2013-11-21 at 12:13 PM

    I definitely think it has a Harajuku feel to it, but you definitely took it to another level in that first outfit ahahhah! I personally like the second and the third outfits better – probably more of how they wanted the pieces to be styled. A little bit fun, a little bit psychedelic, but a whole load of personality! You always manage to pull of unbelievable things (as I remember noticing every outfit you had in Sydney) and make it work. I also finds it amazing that you still do not have to pile on makeup to balance the loud outfits – that’s something that I still cannot figure out!

  6. Nicola

    2013-11-21 at 12:30 PM

    Love this collection, not easy to wear but when styled right it looks fab!
    http://www.thestylecheck.com

  7. Lei

    2013-11-21 at 3:56 PM

    My word… I’d wear these outfits everyday ‚ô• So unique!

  8. FashionSnag

    2013-11-21 at 4:09 PM

    Fun outfits!

  9. FashionSnag

    2013-11-21 at 4:09 PM

    Such fun looks!

  10. Siobhan

    2013-11-21 at 5:03 PM

    You look amazing in every combination. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂
    http://remotelyfashion.blogspot.com

  11. WOWS

    2013-11-21 at 7:00 PM

    Wow! So colorful!
    Kisses from http://www.withorwithoutshoes.com
    Today I show you a Casual floral outfit with Chic and Rock touches! You can’t miss it

  12. 3girls1apple

    2013-11-21 at 8:41 PM

    So colorful and expressive! But I think the most operative word for these clothes are FUN. xoxo
    3girls1apple.com

  13. milex

    2013-11-22 at 1:08 AM

    Living doll!

  14. riris

    2013-11-22 at 5:24 AM
  15. Kirbybee

    2013-11-22 at 10:53 AM

    That blue hair is quite becoming.
    kb xx

  16. Kate

    2013-11-22 at 11:59 AM

    What a GORGEOUS doll!!
    Kate
    http://urbiana.co.uk/

  17. Nespresso Compatible Capsules

    2013-11-22 at 1:16 PM

    Quite interesting look, but really cool nevertheless!

  18. Chiamaka Abasilim

    2013-11-22 at 2:47 PM

    you got me at the blue hair, lol. But this is really colorful and fun.
    http://thinkworkandgo.blogspot.com/

  19. Chloe

    2013-11-22 at 8:03 PM

    THE HEART OVERALLS THOUGh! What the OMG! Love, love, super LOVE. I fell in total love with the ones from A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing collection. I need them! I’m putting these on my Christmas list.

  20. anja maye

    2013-11-23 at 12:05 AM

    Oh wow, I love Meadham Kirchhoff too much and I am so sad I haven’t been lucky enough to snap anything from the collections, these look book photos are great. You are so lucky to be wearing all of them wonderful pieces. It would be like a dream to me if I could wear them items.
    x

  21. Kani

    2013-11-23 at 2:49 AM

    Gah I am so jealous you’ve been able to get all these beautys~ Meadham Kirchoff just seem to keep topping themselves with collections that really push the limit in terms of aesthetic. I would love to rock those fab green monster shoes with you, but I’m broke so…

  22. Xiaoyalee.wordpress.com

    2013-11-25 at 3:10 AM

    Wow so adorable! I love the colors, inspiring 🙂

  23. Mckenzie

    2013-11-25 at 4:14 AM

    Kawaii! My mind immediately went to Harajuku and Akihabara’s cosplayers when I saw the pics!

  24. jimmy

    2013-11-27 at 7:08 AM

    really colorful,!!! appreciable outfit with perfect designs.
    similar things right here~~~~
    http://www.jollychic.com/?a_aid=SIRIUSIT

  25. JP

    2013-12-01 at 12:43 PM

    More harajuku!!

  26. Jade

    2013-12-17 at 11:42 AM

    So inspiring and cute!

  27. Helena

    2013-12-20 at 11:04 PM

    Lovely images Suzie x

    http://www.beautchic.com/

  28. kirsty

    2013-12-25 at 8:32 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the scarf!!! This collaboration is perfection!!!

    http://www.fashionforlunch.net

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    2013-12-28 at 4:01 AM

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  30. Matilda Munyard

    2014-01-04 at 6:11 PM

    You look so cool. Love the way you’ve styled it all!

  31. alin

    2014-01-21 at 6:00 PM
  32. Jenna

    2014-01-29 at 10:09 PM

    Such a guilty pleasure! There shows are always spectacular!

    Jenna || Jennafifi.co.uk

  33. Fernando

    2014-02-05 at 5:12 AM

    EIGHTIES ARE ALWAYS FUN!!!!!

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