Duffle coats remind you of being five years old and forced into clothes by your mother at the slightest drizzle of rain. Right? Wrong. After a golden début at LFW, Matthew Miller has reinvented many British classics, and this Fisherman Jacket is a stand out piece. A fine example of Miller’s finesse for adding a hardened edge to heritage-inspired clothing, it’s a welcome form of protection against the upcoming winter months, and continues to justify the designer’s warm critical reception.
Traditional wooden toggles are replaced by industrial-style metal carabiners, subtly deflecting any accusations of mediocrity or tweeness. Think more George Clooney in ‘The Perfect Storm’ rather than Paddington the Bear. Clean cut detailing, an enforced structure and taped seams create shape and versatility, and the piece is an inventive modernisation of a heavily recycled look.
This style of coat would be ideal with cable knit jumpers (recently championed by the likes of Hermes), thick canvas slacks, oxford shirts and desert boots. Simultaneously, Miller is bang on the oversized, colour blocking trends set by fashion heavyweights Paul Smith, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior Homme.