Meadham Kirchhoff Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2013 London

Slaves to fashion, two different kinds of servicemen, or servicewomen – sailors and maids - peopled this transporting, neo-Victoriana show, with aprons and vintage sailor top references key leitmotifs. A soaring violin score heightened the romantic mood, as models in reworked ivory sailor skirt suits, black velvet dresses sporting detachable ruffled apron bibs and black chiffon and ivory lace dresses with pointy doily collars glided by like characters from the set of a period movie going off for tea break, with among props pretty diamante hair combs or black veils.

In true Meadham Kirchhoff style, there were perverse undertones, of course, with black PVC elements adding a soupcon of hardcore to the mood. In terms of folly, Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff were pretty well behaved compared to recent seasons, though, with the gimmicks never overtaking the collection’s overall loveliness.

Particularly dreamy were a flowing tea-stained-yellow chiffon dress patterned with tiny pirouetting ballerinas, with a black Peter Pan collar and black lace hem; a clean cream fitted jacket edged with navy sailor stripes, and a graphic black and white knitted cardigan with a wide collar.

- Katya Foreman

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