LCM: Matthew Miller AW13

14 January 2013

In a reference to anarchy and the so called ‘Generation X’ Matthew Miller took his collection and presented it to us as a wake up call to our generation: it’s time to take control of your future, once you accept it, you can change it. Welcome to the fashion future of Generation Y. It’s pretty damn cool.

Mathew Miller’s uniform for the youth of today was packed with stylish yet utilitarian design. Flashes of red stood in contrast against the otherwise prodominently black collection. These shots of colour highlighted the models’ strikingly monotone attire, as well as Miller’s design details.

Instead of a collection based around print and pattern, a path that many London designers choose to go down and on that Miller explored last season, he provided us with a series of beautifully cut and styled garments. Tailored jackets and great coats were seen alongside chunky knit jumpers and sweatshirts carrying the slogan of ‘Born To Fail’ subtly stitched down sleeves or printed of the chests of the jumpers in bold red. A collection easily suitable for the modern man-about-town wardrobe, especially those cut in fabrics including leather and wool. Meanwhile crocodile embossed leather hides were a nod towards endangered species and Generation Y’s loss of stability.

Skinny black trousers were turned up at the ankles and partnered with chunky boots, some with statement red strips in the soles; while there were also clean-cut black tops partnered with polished metal cuffs. We loved these accessories, which were collaborations with the iconic footwear brand Timberland and jewellery designer Fannie Schiavoni.

Classic white shirts were worn underneath most looks, underlining the modern aesthetic of this new generation. The red theme also moved into other accessories with the presentation of some super cool man bags and oversized backpacks complete with red block of colour and bright strap details, a fantastic military inspired collaboration with H by Harris. Looks were styled to perfection with fingers being painted red on each of the models hands and many boys being sent down the runway with long, flowing hair.

One of the pieces that we loved was an amazingly wintery jumper that started off in cream tones and gradually got darker and darker, through the greys; finally culminating around the base and cuffs, which were created in a wide, solid black knit. The pullover was matched with skinny, turned up trousers and matt leather, lace-up combat/hiking boots. The show finished with a gorgeous shade of stone in the form of a very dapper suit set and overcoat.

Slogans were a trend seen, emblazoned across the chests of tops or printed subtly on the back of a collar, a few times over the London Collections; including at Xander Zhou. Make sure to check out our upcoming feature and review of the show tomorrow.

Above: Matthew Miller gives the boys' looks one final review before showtime.

Above: Felix Branch at Elite Models London looking super relaxed and cute before the show.

Above left to right: Yuri (M+P) and Chris Arundel (Storm) wait in their looks for the the show to begin.

Above: Freddie Stoker at Elite Models London waits for his painted hand to dry.

Above: Who's that boy? It's Erik Andersson at FM Models looking insanely beautiful backstage.

Above left to right: A tale of two Harry's. Harry (Amck) and Harry (Next Model Management).

Above: Earl at Nevs Models finds time to himself and strikes a pose amidst the hustle and bustle of backstage.

Photography by Cecilie Harris.
Illustration and words by Hannah Fickling.

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