Matthew Miller S/S 2019 London Fashion Week Men’s
Mood board: Matthew Miller, who titled his S/S 2019 collection ‘Paradise Lost’ presented his latest offering eight floors below ground level in a Chinatown car park. ‘It’s about a new underground scene,’ the designer explained. ‘This generation is into recycling and technology, the collection is a more positive approach to problems.’ Brexit, Trump, and the threat of nuclear disaster; there are problems aplenty, and Miller’s protective collection culminated in tailoring in foils and rubber, bulletproof-style vests in leather and highlighter hues, and swathing tracksuits.
Team work: sustainability has been at the forefront of London designers’ thinking: take Oliver Spencer who presented an ethically conscious collection an hour later than Miller, or sustainability-focused burgeoning talent Bianca Saunders who made her London debut for S/S 2019. Miller marked his collection with a sustainable collaboration with sportswear brand K-Swiss. ‘I found a warehouse with 10,000 old band t-shirts in it destined for landfill,’ he said backstage. These pieces were turned into K-Swiss branded tees, topped off with matching sliders.
Finishing touches: ‘Life today is a constant bombardment of images and information’ Miller said of the protective theme running through his collection. The designer emphasised this in collaboration with camera equipment label Peli, his models carrying hard plastic boxes as clutches or holdalls, or clipping miniature versions across the chest with carabiners. §