Continuing where they left off from last season, Meadham Kirchhoff's collection had the distinct air of dress-up about it. This time round though, the Meadham Kirchhoff girl is going through a particularly difficult adolescence. Rebelling against her previous incarnation as sweet, adorable pre-teen trying on mummy's clothes, she is now wearing a schizophrenic mish-mash of styles with hair dyed every imaginable rainbow shade.
It's quite possible this girl has fallen into the wrong crowd, spending her days at Camden Lock browsing stalls to find pieces to complement her cyber goth look. Or searching for a battered, brightly coloured leather jacket to deface with marker pens at school. At least this could be one interpretation of Meadham Kirchhoff's S/S 2011 collection, what with the red pop art covered PVC jackets worn with tiered chiffon dresses and clunky block heeled shoes with socks. Purple raffia trees and giant pink ferns placed along the catwalk gave the show a tripped out, nightmarish quality. Black smocks with white peter pan collars had a ghostly Victorian feel to them, especially with the addition of fingerless cotton gloves, emphasising the surreal nature of the show. Although this was a confused and messy collection, the overall grunge aesthetic most definitely came through. It's hard to say whether this show was a success or not, owing to the fact there was so much going on. According to one man in the audience it was 'fashion history'. But others may take some convincing. Perhaps away from the setting and styled differently, the potential of some of the pieces will be more apparent. For now though, the jury's out.