River Island presents the latest Design Forum collaboration with British menswear designer Matthew Miller. Inspired by the brands conceptual design philosophy, this 10-piece collection of outerwear, tops and bottoms is a modern interpretation of traditional military apparel; a fusion of functional design influences with contemporary street-wear.
Stone washed parkas and combat trousers are cut from striking Swiss camo cloths in laundered cotton. The khaki patch pocket shirt is distinctly utilitarian garb, whilst the training sweat and
hoodie are refreshingly contemporary in oversized fits, cut from scuba and lightweight jersey fabrications. The muted colour palette is synonymous with 40’s army uniforms and service dress in earthy tones of khaki, olive and charcoal, complimented by rich accents of rust and pink camo. Heavily laundered t-shirts are emblazoned with rebellious graphic prints, juxtaposing the functionality of the smarter pieces in the range, technical finishing’s and hardware reference military construction.
Matthew Miller, Creative Director and Founder says “The Design Forum collection is based on my private military archive so the opportunity to re-issue these pieces has been a creative journey that is particularly personal to me. We worked closely with the River Island design team; taking inspiration from museums and rummaging through vintage showrooms we strived to created a collection that not only draws upon my core design aesthetic, but appeals to the River Island man”.
River Island Design Forum x Matthew Miller collection is available to shop in River Island’s Marble Arch Parkhouse and Oxford Street 213 stores from June 2017.