The design duo drop their fourth collaboration for the brand.

Chances are if you’re a hardcore fan of Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff’s work, you’ll have been queuing on Oxford Street since 8am this morning; Ebay already hosts several of their latest collaborative pieces for much more than the RRP.

The rest of you will likely be making internet purchases within the next 30 minutes, or whenever your boss’s glance allows. This is the pull of Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop.

This latest drop – their fourth for the brand – is the largest designer collaboration to date for Topshop, the product total reaching 89.

Prior to this the pair pulled off the magnificent ‘Jubilee Fashion Spectacular’ that married the Spice Girls and the Sex Pistols, (the video of which can still be found here), and painted flower pots for the romantic Secret Store.

This time they’ve brought together elements from several past seasons for a definitive view of the Meadham Kirchhoff aesthetic.

There’s pastel colours and girly frills a la SS12, monster fronted jumpers and colourful Mongolian fur circa AW12, and moody black and white lace from AW13.

Based on girl band The Cherrys – a figment of their imagination – the sweeter elements are part of Cherry Blossom and Cherry Cherrie’s make-up, while Cherry Satanika and Cherry Pikka go in for the more glam elements.  

“The overall aesthetic,” the designers say, “was influenced by Marylin Manson and the Spooky Kids, Kembra Pfahler and glam rock.”

Speaking to Clash in October 2011, Ed told us, “I read a Vogue article about Hole when I was around eleven or twelve and from that point on I became fascinated by Courtney Love.”

We reckon Love circa 1998 would have been a dead cert for the navy camisole.


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