We’re just gonna come right out and say it: Meadham Kirchhoff for Topshop is a really, really poor choice if you’re in the Witness Protection Program, attending a funeral, or going on a non-circus-related job interview. For the rest of us, however — hoo boy — is there a lot to love here.
The 80-piece collection by London-based designers Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff arrives in Topshop stores November 21, and it delivers all the candy-colored fuzziness and frills we expect from the duo. Think pastel, glitter-striped tights, ruffly pinafore onesies, and enough high-necked, babydoll dresses to clothe all of Harajuku. And, we don’t even want to know how many Muppets had to die to make those big, yeti coats.
But, this is not straight-up Meadham Kirchhoff sugar-and-spice girliness. The collection’s abundance of witchy pentagrams, eyeballs, and liberal use of black adds a pleasing dose of punk rock to all that princess. The '70s influence is interesting, too. We’re not sure how receptive today’s Tumblr teens will be to long, Greg Brady collars and Lurex knits, but this roller-boogie take on goth is a nice change from the crushed-velvet, Craft-y '90s version that’s dominated the last few years.