Fall 2017 Menswear
January 7, 2017
Matthew Miller always makes a statement. The “Negasonic Teenage Warhead” of last season was a reference to a relatively unsuccessful band and the vapid nature of humanity, while also nodding to an atomic bomb and the destructive society we’ve built.
This season, Miller titled his collection “Fear Itself,” a topical statement on the current, discordant social and political climate. An American flag sans stars was flown with the poignant words, “Post Truth Era.” Explicit military, anarchistic, and cult references that we both agree are his “vibe” permeate throughout, bolstering the indignant protest inherent in each look.
“The whole point is a reflection of what the media portrays in modern day society: If you look at the American flag we sent down there, it’s a post-truth era. That’s a black American flag where we’ve taken away the stripes and written in fonts that reference modern day Americana. We’re in this shit time of fear politics where politicians just don’t tell the truth.”
Ceremonial scarves and flags flown in the collection’s finale are designed and printed in collaboration with Design Lab Japan, with motifs “reflecting today’s deceptive political landscape.”