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Backstage at Matthew Miller AW14Shot by Lea Colombo

Matthew Miller AW14

"We wreck everything": utilitarian silhouettes, dystopian manifestos and gender blur

Initial reaction:

The threatening stares, shaven heads and dark shadow silhouettes drew sharp comparision to Miller’s chosen AW14 YouTube clip: “We wreck everything” from the neo-nazi gang film Romper Stomper.

Miller's manifesto:

The submitted text of ten creative individuals chosen by Miller – both employed and unemployed – formed the basis of prints, drawing on the ‘random insecurities of human nature’ and placing the collection firmly within Miller’s favoured twilight zone between fashion and politics.

Boy meets girl:

Skinhead girls blurred the gender boundaries, utilitarian in their sharp fabric cuts, neutral palette and clinical tabard, flat silhouettes.

Stand out looks:

Black flakes falling from a navy two-piece, layered beneath supple leather and boucle-like wool; the half suit and lapels, half shift dress.

Unexpected details:

Dystopian manifestos printed large onto flag size scarves, draped over shoulders in some kind of dark revolution: ‘we will build utopia’, ‘hate love’ and ‘rent life’. The finale saw a protest of models carrying flag scarves.

Models: Danny Haynes (@DJHaynes), Harry Curran (@Harry_curran), Joel Mignott (@joelm773), Mac Phiri (@P21Mac), Oliver Cookson, Daytona, Harry Royds (@harryroyds), Marijn Valk, Guy Pearson-Gee, Sang (@sangwfk), Chris Arundel (@CHRISARUNDEL), Mark B, Benjamin Jarvis (@BenjJarvis), Jake L, Philip, Lenny Johnson, Alina Ilie (@alinai2005), Ani Alitalo (@pairoflegs)