As inspiration for his latest menswear collection, Matthew Miller took to the streets of London. He began in the bustling and historic city centre, travelling out to the edge of Epping forest. His aim was to document and catalogue the natural environmental effect on the urban habitat, such as rain-eroded buildings, bark on the trees of Hyde Park and a large stone boulder in Shoreditch Park Garden. The collection is therefore a visual, wearable cross section of the current London lifestyle.
Prints were the detailing of choice, which provide striking patterns on many of the garments. These include several winter standards in subdued tones of black, white and grey, providing a Gothic sobriety. There is also a suit inspired by tree bark and a bold graffiti-suit; a wildly clashing paint-palette of primary colour. Items such as these provide a dramatic change to the traditional winter couture, and prove why Matthew Miller is a true maverick in the field of design.
The idea of the traditional men’s suit is also thoroughly re-worked, as Miller combines short-sleeved tops with tailored shirts, along with casual zip-up blousons, classic trenches and double-breasted jackets. The lines between smart and casual are blended, making for a highly alternative yet brilliant collection.