May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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London: More is always more for Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, whose over-the-top spring looks were embellished within an inch of their lives. Most items were festooned with bows, ruffles, or feathers (and sometimes all three), and many featured dramatic beading. Nipped-in waists, built-out hips, and bustiers suggested a Victorian influence. There were a few pieces that would do well on the street, including slashed denim jackets with princess seams, graphic tees, and printed kicky skirts, but most were too wild even for London’s daring young things. The designers’ unique concepts and fearlessness are inspirational, but a dose of restraint would serve them well. –Joanna Manganaro
Silhouette: Victorian constructed hourglass / Voluminous
Color: Ivory / Cerulean / Ruby red / Mustard / Gold / Black
Key Items: Denim jackets with princess seams / Pleated skirts / Graphic tees / Peplum jackets
Materials: Cloqué / Denim / Lace / Chiffon / Taffeta / Jacquard / Bonded suitings / Cotton jersey
Print + Pattern: Baroque scarf prints / Overlapping florals / Dispersed small florals / Plaid / Gingham / Dots / Conversationals
Details + Trim: Bow closures and appliqués / Ruffles / Lace trim / Bustier details / Peplums / Beading / Box pleats
Accessories + Footwear: Hair bows / Vintage lace hats / Jeweled earrings, cuffs and chokers / Elbow-length gloves / Embellished knee socks / Printed tights / Pointy-toe pumps / Bow-embellished knee-high boots
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