Linder SS19 is an Homage to Self Love

Linder SS19 is an Homage to Self Love

Designer Kirk Millar's inner life is on display in this eclectic range.

Designer Kirk Millar's inner life is on display in this eclectic range.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

From graphic knitwear to futuristic backless clogs, the Linder SS19 Men’s show was dense with off-beat visual flourishes. But for all its aesthetic eccentricity, the collection was just as loaded with symbolism likely lost on the naked eye; beneath the kitschy intarsia animals and extreme v-necks were themes of queer acceptance and immigration, courtesy of menswear designer Kirk Millar.

A thematic continuation of Linder’s Fall 2018 men’s collection—Millar’s first solo outing after cofounder Sam Linder dedicated himself full-time to women’s—the SS19 showcase was part fashion show, part biography, infusing references to Millar’s Dutch heritage and queer identity. Where the Fall collection incorporated universal queer signifiers, from the color pink to text from queer writers like Jean Genet, Millar’s latest was a personal patchwork of personal idiosyncrasies. In a press release, the designer describes his inspirations as ranging from a maternal ancestor who immigrated to the U.S. from Germany to traditional Latin American wedding garb. But Millar's unique visual takes—from majestic equestrian imagery to romantic missives like “boyfriend,” “wait for me,’ and “XOXO”—are certainly up for interpretation. 

See highlights from the collection below.    

Credits: Images: Courtesy of Linder

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