It’s 5pm in Victoria House and it is day two of the London Collections: Men fashion week and Matthew Miller is presenting his Autumn/Winter ’16 collection.
This season’s collection is called ‘Nouveau Riche’ which means a person who has suddenly risen to higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class. This is usually looked upon as a derogative way to refer to a person.
Matthew Miller decided that his season he will take the negative use of the term ‘Nouveau Riche’ and put a positive spin on it by using it as a theme for his Autumn/Winter collection. He uses shapes and fabrics of history as the structure of his collection.
Biker and bomber jackets are remixed with more practical detail which gives the pieces a modern feel while clashing the historical classic silhouettes, then the use of velvet which seems to be displaced in time but yet it is left uncut to drag back to relevance. The use of medieval traditional armbands are hand painted on oil canvases to complete the look.
“ I never saw beauty as being something that was a physical object. I fundamentally see beauty as being a movement in time, a fleeting feeling, a scar, a memory, an experience, a sense of freedom” Matthew Miller
As well as the garment’s worth Miller perceives the wearer as integral which then lifts the garments importance as soon as it is worn, why? it’s due to the cultural capital acquisition plus what the individual does in it or what is done to it therefore developing the inherent character of each piece.