“It is time for a new revolution,” claimed Matthew Miller backstage after his show. Set in the empty shell of the 1960s-built former London Sorting Office, Miller sent a clear message of anarchy down the runway. 'Born To Fail' was printed on pieces of knitwear in a bold red colour, or subtly stitched down the sleeves of tailored jackets. In a sense, red became a sort of trademark for him this season - a clear reference to anger and revolution. Models emerged in uniform with the same painted red fingers, whilst red stripes featured as details on jackets and bags. Amongst these strong references of rebellion, the majority of his collection appeared both functional and modern in its construction and his use of materials. Here, Matthew Miller shares his thoughts on Generation X...
My generation has been brought up in a world where we are born to fail. I think as soon as you can accept your future, you can change it.
“The use of red and the red stripes were basically a reference to anarchism. The slogan 'Born to Fail' is my response to being fucked over by Generation X. My generation has been brought up in a world where we are born to fail. I think as soon as you can accept your future, you can change it. Once you have nothing to lose and you accept that you're born to fail and that is not giving two fucks basically. The stitch detailing is taken from a raincoat and what I have done is re-appropriated it. I have put it on an arm and added a bomber jacket pocket to it to give again a reference to anarchy but in a new term. What I have done is taken back the uniforms that generation X inherited and just re-appropriated them for our generation.”
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