LFW: Last Day

09.17.13

Meadham Kirchhoff vs. Simone Rocha

Two very different designers show how much London has to offer this season.

Two entirely different shows give a great sense of the breadth of London Fashion Week: the eclectic and out-there Meadham Kirchhoff and the elegantly refined Simone Rocha.

Meadham Kirchhoff were once again channeling their sexy brand of Victoriana with knee-high socks and stockings, gaudy reds, blues, and yellows; and, at the other end of the spectrum, Simone Rocha dazzled with her sophisticated and eminently wearable brand of party dress.

A model presents a creation by Simone Rocha during the 2014 Spring/Summer London Fashion Week in London on September 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE        (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE,ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Simone Rocha (AFP)

What Edward Meadham and his partner Benjamin Kirchhoff arguably share with Rocha, however, is a thrift-store inspiration. But whereas Rocha pares the color back, exploring texture with fauns and whites and creams, Meadham Kirchhoff seem to delight in saturating and turbo-charging the palette to an almost carnival intensity.

Good times.

A model presents a creation by Simone Rocha during the 2014 Spring/Summer London Fashion Week in London on September 17, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE        (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE,ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
Simone Rocha (AFP)