Backstage @ MATTHEW MILLER Spring/Summer 2019 – PARADISE LOST
Like all Matthew Miller shows, an underlying political and social topic dictates the collection’s general vibe, with S/S19 making one thing abundantly clear. No compromise on style and no impact on the environment, focusing on the next generation and their ability to comprehend the use of quality over quantity. The mission statement: Products need to be made well and made to last a lifetime. The future is now. Text by Lewis Robert Cameron. Photography by Karl Slater.
Situated approximately ten meters away from the Earth’s core in the basement car-park in London’s Chinatown, honestly I lost count of the stairways I descended in my slightly raised platform trainers and the heat was emotional, Matthew Miller’s latest offering for SS19 certainly had everyone’s attention from the venue alone, attention that continued when the first look went down the runway, complete with a toolbox inspired, canary yellow suitcase made from Copolymer Polypropylene sure to outlive, well a generation.
Described by Miller as “Underground futurism”, the collection felt very much like his own futuristic take on the tradesmen of tomorrow as workwear fabrics in silver thermal foils took on a new “re-animated” format in tailored coats, trousers and streetwear offerings alike. Whilst acid yellow and toxic green provided a much needed colourful injection as the predominantly black, layered collection often fell a little to the Autumnal side of the seasonal spectrum.
Further cementing the theme of reduce, reuse and recycle, Miller teamed up with 90s throwback K-Swiss produced from 100% recycled old band merch using the latest technologies to merge old fabrics with sustainable materials to create a unique premium streetwear collection in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Mission accomplished Matthew.