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Backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff SS15
Backstage at Meadham Kirchhoff SS15Photography Lea Colombo

Meadham Kirchhoff call it quits (or do they?)

The iconoclastic British designers will not be returning to LFW next season

Back in September, British duo Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff shook up London Fashion Week with a riot grrl inspired, street-cast show that had Dazed writer Susanne Madsen calling it “one of the most honest, emotionally raw and significant collections to come out of London in a long time.” Just a few short months later, and – impossible though it seems – Meadham Kirchhoff just might be no more.

According to, the provocateurs (who founded the label in 2006) will not return to LFW for AW15. Put simply: “their debts have caught up with them,” and at this point, they can’t afford to go on the way they have – their shows, known for being multi-sensory experiences, are hardly low-key. “The way the industry works, you’re driven to do all these grandiose shows, all these things that are incredibly expensive,” Kirchhoff reportedly told Style – “and then one day, the sponsorship runs out. You’re on your own.” Meanwhile, Meadham pointed to the struggle to fulfill orders for stockists: “It’s always seemed like, ‘How do we do this? How do we keep up?’”

It’s sad, but in recession-defined times, being much-loved isn’t always enough to keep afloat – see Luella Bartley’s namesake label, axed in 2009. But is it really time for the duo to take down the bloodied tampons from the tree? Not necessarily – even if they don’t put on a show, the designers may present in another way for AW15. And if the worst should happen, it’s certain that talents like these won’t go unnoticed in the industry – just look at what Bartley is up to at Marc by Marc Jacobs.

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