MATTHEW MILLER. AW14.

Using fashion as a vehicle for political expression, Matthew Miller presents his collection entitled ‘The Politics of Me.’ The show notes give an in-depth insight into the collection’s creation, describing how Miller interviewed both employed and unemployed people from creative industries and used this as his inspiration for a ‘highly emotive collection.’ Phrases like ’emotional anarchy’ are used… I’m not entirely sure why.  The pieces are said to explore the suppression of man’s personal political expression, something that Miller believes should be shared openly, freely and without judgement. It’s a great concept but I can’t help but feel that without the show notes, it would be completely lost on the viewer. Other than some vague statements printed onto sweatshirts there is very little to convey the ideology behind the clothes.

Are shredded-looking trousers any more of a political statement that other trousers? Does the layering of black scarf, over biker jacket, over suit jacket say more about democracy than the pieces would separately? I’m not convinced but, regardless of this, there is a lot to like about ‘The Politics of Me’… if you take it at face value.

Dark blues in varying hues are set against black and also against each other. Rough and smooth textures are combined, making the collection as a whole seem very tactile. There is also a contrast in cuts; tailored suit jackets and biker jackets vs clean and simple t-shirts, long-sleeved tops and trousers that gather loosely from the waist to the knee, before tapering in at the ankles. There are some really wearable looks here, it’s such a shame that they have been overshadowed by a slightly pretentious sub-text.

‘Emotional anarchy’ for crying out loud…

Written by Francesca Bassenger. Images courtesy of Village PR.