LCM: Matthew Miller SS16

6 March 2019

Matthew Miller is a show that everyone wants in on, and we get it. The expectations are high, the excitement reaches feverish levels and everyone waits with baited breath to see what the passionate and genius designer will come up with this time. The show starts as lights come on through the building one by one in time to a fast and deep beat. There’s a ripple effect caused by this, as if Miller is revealing the stage to us for the first time, inviting us to see it with new and fresh eyes. This isn’t just a catwalk any more, it’s a stage for protest. Miller sites ‘Conform’, ‘Control’ and ‘Restrict’ as the words that form the backbone of his SS16 collection as he channels his frustrations with the “red tape and systems that enforce this uniquely modern restraint”.

The tones are all neutral for Miller's collection, but it’s marked how he pairs these with classic shapes in juxtaposition to scruffy and creased fabrics. The collection is reminiscent of a man who’s come to the end of the line with his tolerance for the working world and rather than change he has decided to party, and in turn sleep, in his suit. The clothes have a rebellious edge to them, as if they’re conforming, but only in their own very special way. They’ll fit into your box, but only as awkwardly as possible.

As ever, Miller had a few female models grace the catwalk. Miller's play on androgyny for the season as a whole meant that this inclusion of female models ensured a real flow to this theme. Girls in black leather jackets and boys in skirts were parts of the collection, but only as accents to the larger picture.

Words by India Opie Meres.
Photography by Sophie Mayanne.

Follow us on Instagram @boysbygirls
View “My mind works so much better in nature. It flows better. When I was young, I used to write poetry... View Young actor @jackdgrazer has two major movies this year; comedic superhero flick Shazam!, which is in cinemas 5th April, and... View Supported by a backdrop of Pipe and Brick, the performers take a final bow. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion... View Micromovements give the game away; fake smiles don’t reach the eyes. Reading faces to calculate an oppositional move, the villain... View Casting shadows across the stage, shapes and silhouettes rise and fall. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion by @rcolestevens Model... View Act II begins with a midday hush. The show goes on to hit the hero’s redemption and save the day... View Stylist Cole Stevens dresses Azure to steal the show on the streets. The sunny city serves as the audience to... View Curtains close on Act I and the actors exit stage left. Backstage the chaos rules as loud as a Monday... View Masked by costumes, the spotlight highlights our truths. . . Photography by @messinaphotos Fashion by @rcolestevens Model @azu_figgy at @heffnermanagement... View Observing movements from between a smile and a frown. If the brick could whisper and the tarmac could murmur, what... View This week’s exclusive Instagram editorial is ‘Pipe & Brick’ featuring model Azure Figueroa at Heffner Management. Photographer Allegra Messina shoots... View View “...we are all equal in the end. View You may recognise @harryhains from 'American Horror Story: Hotel' as well as upcoming roles in the action feature ‘Chase' and... View It is a rare and beautiful thing to live in alignment with your true purpose. Minutes into conversation with musician... View @harryhains / @theantiboy on gender: View @harryhains has a unique awareness of what it means to be human - which is just that: human. Not a... View Coated in a fine layer of sand, tired legs rest. Remnants of sand still stuck to swim shorts that are... View Salty skin and hair begin to dry. Gooseflesh prickling on the skin with faint breezes drawn with every wave greeting... View The smell of wax mixed with sea salt and burning wood from beach fires are caught in the wind. Paddling...