In his show notes, Matthew Miller cited “the paraphernalia associated with success” and “the objects that define our lives” among his starting points for fall. He worked exclusively in interiors fabrics by the Danish firm Kvadrat, often fraying, ripping and then patching the materials back together. One model wore gray canvas trousers made up of a patchwork of frayed fabric swatches, while simple tunics in shades of cream, navy and red were frayed at the hem.
Aside from a few heavier wool coats — one standout came in a marble-like blend of gray and cream textured wool — Miller worked the upholstery fabrics so that the garments had a light, breezy air, exemplified in one beige women’s pant suit. The only clue to their original purpose were labels saying “Resistant” that adorned some the designs, à la those attached to new furniture.
While the designer’s inspiration might have been conceptual, the ideas resulted in an easy, upbeat lineup.