When the good little church girl turned bad,

Monday, March 31, 2014

Good little church girl stopped believing in god.

I've started to create posts on here showing some of my favourite past shows. This week i'm looking at one of my favourite designer partnerships, Meadham Kirchhoff and their Spring 2014 ready to wear catwalk.

With the catwalk scattered with dying roses, theres an instant haunted, abandoned feeling to show, almost spiritual. Pieces consisted of the safer Meadham Kirchhoff baby dolls, but then appeared the hand embroidered slips, corset tops, layered aprons and the 1940s-esque tea dresses. 

Flaming orange curls sizzled under bonnets or an excess of dark bows. The accessories really create an innocent, school girl sense with the long socks and pretty collars, whilst we get the total camp and playfulness from the bat eyed sunglasses. One of my favourite elements of the show were the nursery, childlike cartoons that were embroidered into pieces such as the apron dress. Kitsch bunnie rabbits and baby giraffe motifs making everything so pure and wholesome, a complete contrast to the witchy blacks and dashes of vampire red.  We continue to lose this innocence with the snake skin gloves and exposed, lingerie inspired garments. It truly shows good girl gone bad. 

Another of my favourite elements was the torn sleeves, with models then dropping their sleeves and garments carelessly onto the catwalk, with the holy and religious feel making it seem like a ritualistic process of undressing. 

Some have found the show unexpected as it us much more "Ready to wear" than usual. The lace, embroidery and surprising intricate beading work makes you consider the labour and work that went into these clothes.  It reminds us of the toil, sweat and effort of great craftsmen.

Images from style.com and illustration by Valerie Servais.

Bundles of love,
HE x

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