I honestly wish that I had video footage of the Matthew Miller SS17 collection to show you. Better yet, I wish you were there with me because Matthew Miller is one of those designers whose collections are always better to witness in person. Images just don’t cut it because it was clear that absolutely every aspect of the show was meticulously thought out.
Before I even begin speaking about the clothes, let me just touch on the atmosphere that Matthew Miller and his entire team created. A haunting score played throughout as each expressionless model advanced down the runway. Dishevelled hair slick and shining under the bright white light contrasted with glistening dewy skin. And all of these qualities work in tandem with Matthew Miller’s collection.
Stripped back to a limited selection of colours – black, navy and a slew of hues from the blue and stone colour palette, Miller plays with long lines, wide cuts, uncomplicated layering and textured fabric. It’s absolutely beautiful but what is surprising is one of Miller’s influences – skinhead culture.
Other than a completely bald model within the show dressed in a jean two piece that relates to the iconic bleached denim look of skinhead culture, on first glance it could be difficult to see how that influence takes shape. However on further inspection, subtle nods to the culture peek through. A leather jacket sits beneath an unassuming black suit while an abundance of badges adorn many of the pieces.
It’s a heady mix of hard and soft, a punchy blend of light and dark but despite the opposites, the Matthew Miller collection is incredibly strong and it was definitely a highlight at London Collections: Men.
Have you caught up with my other LCM content? Take a look at what Private White VC had on offer for SS17.