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Reject Everything: Meadham Kirchhoff S/S 15

Meadham Kirchhoff's prayer tree
Models backstage
illustration by Natalia Sanabria
not your typical casting call
Chris Berchie
the manifesto 
"freedom is not true"

illustration by Janelle Burger
Poly Stryene hair and Siouxsie Sioux eyes
beauty tips
Viv Albertine hair
guy hate
fem hate
sorting and contorting the shoe
illustration by Natalia Sanabria
Edward Meadham and his dog Trojan

 I am quite late talking about London Fashion Week but I'm so busy with college at the moment. I didn't get the chance to watch a lot of the shows online, most of the London Fashion Week coverage reached me via instagram and tumblr which is in fact quite relevant considering the majority of Meadham Kirchhoff's models are social network regulars. The casting call for the "non typical modal" gives an indication to Meadham Kirchhoff's unconventional collection.

 Meadham Kirchhoff's new direction is in complete contrast to the previous collections which indulged in youthful romance. The duo present pornographic slogan tees, transformer style bodysuits with peek holes for the boys and pointed triangle bras for the girls, a white dress with red strings resembling a bloody tampon, nipple stickers, cut latex and shoes that are deliberately unwalkable. Everything about this collections screams rebellion. Even the set works to upset expectation, with a mountain of junk art engrossing the stage and a tree with ribbons and tampons hanging over audience. 

Guests were given a zine containing a list of insults commonly used against men and women and a list of likes and hates. Likes being the collection's most prominent influences i.e. Vivienne Westwood, Viv Albertine, Kathleen Hanna, Quentin Crisp and other figures of the feminist/queer movement. The list of hates being conformity, censorship, high street shit, Putin, propaganda. The list of hates reveals some of the reasons behind Meadham Kirchhoff's new-found anger. It seems Edward and Ben have been subject to pressure from the fashion industry to stay within prescribed expectation, sectioned off as a subculture with its own specific demographic of followers. 

"Freedom is not True." 

The designer is not free from industry expectation and men and women are not free from prejudice.
Rip it up and start again. Reject gender appropriation. Rebel against cultural positioning and transform the archetype of the fashion model.

Photo Diary: New Season

Last week I went shopping in Dublin because I wanted some things for Autumn. I got this cute stripey top and black leather skirt in Forever 21. I'm addicted to stripy tops
I seen this leopard print fur collar in River Island and I really wish I bought it, its so adorable
wishing I had matching luggage for travelling 
I tried on this Topshop semi leather look dress. I loved the pleated skirt but I thought the top wasn't very flattering on me
I love this stripy top from Topshop. I'm gutted I didn't get it but unfortunately the funds were low. I really want to get these ripped Leigh jeans. I like how subtle the rips are and I love the colour of the denim
I tried on these converse in Office. I never seen converse in the leather lazer cut style before
I went bowling on Sunday with Chris and we had the best time
earlier this week I went to see a Dublin band called Gangs with a few friends from college
they were playing in the Academy and it was a pretty fun night
I wore my Topshop velvet bag and my peach sandals
I bought this seasons Elle Collections magazine at the airport. I love looking at all the collections toegther, I wish I could write about them all
I bought this dvd in the hmv in Cardiff and I am so excited to watch it because I've seen lots of pictures from it on tumblr and I'm curious to see what its like

Cult of Love

It's my last week at home before I leave for college so I'm just hanging out in my room listening to music and watching movies. 
 Literally all of my outfit is from Topshop. I bought the paisley mini skirt from my cousin because I loved it so much. Topshop are selling some really cute mini skirts atm. I bought the sandals in the Topshop sale, they were supposed to go with a coral dress I wore to a wedding but they turned out to be more peach than pink, I couldn't bring myself to return them hehe
Too True by The Dum Dum Girls - I was listening to this record all day, hence the title Cult of Love
I watched Ciao! Manhattan last night. The movie is about the life of Edie Sedgwick and the late stages of the sixties revolution. Towards the end of the movie it starts to focus on mind control and aliens and to be honest I couldn't follow the plot at all haha. On the the back of the dvd there is a quote from The Village Voice which describes the film as "The Citizen Kane of the drug generation" so maybe that's why there was a wealthy business man influencing the other characters, maybe?? Although I did really enjoy the footage of the factory and Edie's Sedgwick's audio interviews (most of that footage is on youtube if you're interested). Edie died three months after the making of the film so it was interesting to see what she was like in the weeks leading up to her death. 
There is an article in the booklet by one of the directors David Weisman. He talks about the misfortunes of the Edie Sedgwick and Paul America and how they influenced the film's production. The film took almost five years to produce because the leading stars where unable to continue filming. Edie had suffered severe burns from a fire she accidentally started in her room at the Chelsea Hotel and Paul America was in jail for a narcotics charge. It is shocking how much of the film is based on real life events. One of the final scenes is filmed in Paul America's actual prison cell. The directors John Palmer and David Weisman struggled to make sense of the unfinished film so they decided to piece together the 35mm black and white footage of Edie Sedgwick in Manhattan with the footage of Edie Sedgwick in California creating a parallel between her glory days and her tragic downfall.