Ahead of the showcase, the menswear designer and exhibitor talks to us about London's creativity and the Olympics
Starting at midday today, Shoreditch High Street's Hackney House is holding a Fashion Day event. Aiming to showcase the best of Hackney's colourful fashion scene, it includes everything from a display of recent BA Graduates from London College of Fashion to an exhibition of designs from Matthew Miller, SIBLING and Christopher Raeburn; Tatty Devine and WAH nails stalls to an interactive installation from milliner Piers Atkinson.
Rising London menswear designer Matthew Miller will be taking part in the 'Cultural Olympics' event today. Apt, as his S/S13 show, which took place in June at the inaugural London Collections: Men, featured a cool combination of texture and print in sartorial silhouettes and timely, sportier styles. Known for his love of sport, Dazed Digital asked Miller for his thoughts on the Olympics so far.
Dazed Digital: What's the best and worst thing about the Olympics?
Matthew Miller: I live and work in Hackney Wick so I've seen the Olympics rise from the waste grounds that surround my studio, I have an unparalleled love and hate attitude towards the Olympics. I love the intelligence and thought that has gone into the infrastructure and future use of facilities. I have no doubt that these Olympics will change the world in that respect, and the way we approach global development. The worst is the management of the 'people's' Olympics – this has been nothing further from the truth.
I think London is in boom time creatively, and it always seems to hit its stride during the tough years. Not having the money to spend on lavish holidays, huge houses or three piece suites, really frees people to say 'fuck it', and that ultimately gifts them freedom
DD: In the past, your work has referenced sportswear. How do you feel about the British athlete's uniforms and how would you have designed them differently?
Matthew Miller: I personally feel fame now dictates design. If you look at the fundamentals of why Stella [McCartney] was chosen to design the Team GB kits it had nothing to do with performance, nothing to do with the dynamics of athletes and their movements and it says nothing to the despondent youth culture that surrounds the Olympic park. I would have set about the design project by working with the local boroughs surrounding Hackney, the local schools and colleges, and with Adidas to refine a student finalist's designs. That huge design fee could have gone into inspiring youth how to think their way out of situations and ultimately create their environment around them.
DD: London appears to be having a resurgence at the moment, what with LC:M and the Olympics. As an east London-based designer do you think this has effected your designs, or at least how people perceive them?
Matthew Miller: I think London is in a boom time creatively, and it always seems to hit its stride during the tough years. Not having the money to spend on lavish holidays, huge houses or three piece suites, really frees people to say 'fuck it', and that ultimately gifts them freedom. I feel, as a young designer, there has never been a better time to be a designer without the constraints of shareholders.