Fashion
  • Photography Joe Harper
  • Text Alex Baker
  • 10th June 2017

Degenerates

Stoke-on-Trent born designer Matthew Miller isn’t one to shy away from using the latest fashion technologies in his designs. His tailoring-sportswear hybrid vision means that collaboration often comes in handy, and this season’s chosen partners were headlined by Filling Pieces, an Amsterdam based luxury footwear label, and Hancock, a British company specialising in vulcanised rubber garments.

Held at St. Sepulchre church in Farringdon, the runway spanned the whole aisle. The Anglican Gothic structure complimented the dark colour palette used in Miller’s pieces, which were themed around the notion of ‘Degeneration’. Models wore an off-centre black smear across their lips, paired with messy, greasy, grunge hair. Dark degenerates, at home in their church. 

Outer layers of clothing were hard and structured with thanks to those vulcanised rubber macs and trench coats. Underneath, Miller’s sportswear influences peaked through with contrasting colours and lighter fabrics adding a romantic window to guarded exteriors. Tensions of form were also present, structured bomber jackets squaring off against the more free-flowing nature of Japanese silk scarves by Design Lab Japan, an ongoing collaboration. 

Miller is known for being politically outspoken in his collections – so, in light of the current climate, you have to wonder whether his idea of degenerates is a comment on our generation’s with its deaf (to the young) government. In light of Friday’s election result, it’s a timely consideration.