“We never go out, because we often find it leads to disappointment,” said Benjamin Kirchhoff after the ’70s club-kid extravaganza he and partner Ed Meadham presented yesterday at London Fashion Week. Considering the show, which featured a gold and silver tinsel coat, a full sequin rainbow pantsuit, blue leopard-print bell bottoms, and models throwing glitter into the air while shimmying on a LED dance floor, was inspired by a club in the designers’ heads, we can understand why real-world nightlife might not live up to their expectations. “It was really about what we’d like to do and the people we’d like to see out,” added Kirchhoff. Judging by the pink, violet, and red ostrich-feather jackets, multi-colored chiffon dresses that looked like Joseph’s Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, and shimmering platform disco shoes, the designers prefer a rare breed of party girl. And their funky fall collection will certainly help the Meadham Kirchhoff client to bring out her wildest side.
With their faces and, in some cases, their teeth painted blue, red, and yellow, models in eclectic Nasir Mazhar headpieces boogied down—some dragged striped faux-fur boas, while others showcased denim looks which, covered in playful patches, evoked a sense of nostalgia. Plaid and checkered outfits topped with sequined bustiers had a particularly retro feel. But what most embodied the designers’ theme was the monster motifs that appeared on the back of a few shaggy faux-fur coats. “It goes back to the idea that a monster is a freak. We’d rather be freaks than be boring. Anyone should embrace what it is that they are as long as they feel comfortable in their own skin. And I think that’s the point we try to make in every collection.” Point taken.