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Unusually for a Spring Summer season, the Meadham Kirchhoff show showcased gothic fantasy at its best. That said, this is Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, and looking back at their past collections we should know by now to expect the unexpected.

Opening the show at the Topshop Showspace, with a soundtrack of screeching violins, is the sort of thing that would usually only be suited to the darkest of horror films; models walked down a catwalk of red and white roses.  They displayed an array of dresses, featuring Victorian lace, sheer polka-dot puff sleeves and embroidered apron detail; the outfits were completed with childlike socks and gothic bonnet hats. These dresses shared the stage with python trapeze coats, yet the star attraction was the intricate layers of heavily beaded lace, which wouldn’t have been out of place at a Haute Couture show.

Written by Sian-Louise Auld. Images courtesy of Frame Noir and Meadham Kirchhoff.