the ultimate inspiration for shredded style is here.

by faran krentcil

For fashion freaks like us, the most exciting thing about Topshop's American invasion is the chance to buy emerging British designers that used to be impossible to find.

Stella McCartney, Burberry, and Alexander McQueen have been in the mainstream for a while, and Alice Temperley and Luella Bartley paired with Target for their own U.S. capsule collections.  Now thanks to Topshop's aggressive style push, we've acquired outfits by Christopher Kane, Henry Holland, and Danielle Scutt.  Next on the list is Meadham Kirchhoff, the East London label that marries technical merit with all-out grunge.  Their heaps of lace (on top of sequins, on top of a calico print, on top of silk) have helped propel a new way to dress up, and inspired legions of girls to pull out their old Courtney Love cutouts.

Meadham Kirchhoff's second line for Topshop hits America today.  It's not dirt cheap, but it's damn cool - and will likely last longer in your closet than most fast fashion projects, too.

Shop Meadham Kirchhoff's second collection for Topshop by clicking here.