• Text Lewis Firth
  • Photography Takanori Okuwaki
  • 11th January 2015

Decayed idealism

Each era has its defining styles, attitudes and possessions. Some destroyed. Few retained. But with this generation, it’s defined by futile aspirations. That’s what designer Matthew Miller believes.

This FW15 show is a first for Matthew Miller without the support of NewGen. In regards to his collection, though, the finesse remains.

Using interior-design fabrics – like wool and canvas – the collection’s influence was a reflection of possessions that defined one’s life. “I’ve been looking at the paraphernalia associated with success, an idealism of what we will never be. A life that never was,” explains Miller. “The decay and destruction of everything we could have had – destroyed, wrapped, draped and decaying around masculinity.”

Prints were produced collaboratively with Danish textile company, Kvadrat. A partnership lasting three years now. This season’s outcome kept to the theme: a feeling of decay. And evident on three-quarter-length coats, trousers and elongated tunics with fringing at the hem. While minimally detailed leather jackets were a key piece.

Burgundy tones were accented by subdued colours, like beige and white. It helped create a solemn tone, and one that fortified Miller’s pensive source of ideas.