The label, a collaboration between Central Saint Martins graduates Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff, closed after 12 years in 2015, but Meadham is now back with his new label Blue Roses. Fans will be pleased to see the signature mix of the cute and the spiky. All pieces are named after women: Jemima, Falabella, Lydia and Cecilia included. Dresses are frilled, floral and floaty but come with goth-tinged embroidery and exaggerated shoulders, while T-shirts and hoodies feature witches on broomsticks and other intriguing illustrations, and twinset cardigans have punk-worthy holes. In the world of Blue Roses, what might look like sweetness and light actually comes with something of a snarl – a thoroughly modern combination.
Meadham – a somewhat ethereal presence at London fashion week, who once walked his finale in a twinset cardigan carrying a chihuahua – namechecks everything from The Stepford Wives to Hole, Ingres to household objects, as inspiration. That collage is, arguably, what makes this fledgling label one to watch, adding up to what Meadham has described as ‘a look of defiance’. Now on his second season – or chapter, as the designer says – he tells The Style Report more.