“I have realized that skiwear required an update and I wanted to provide my clients with a collection that combines technicality and performance materials with a high degree of style,” Barrett said. “My aim was to elevate skiwear to the same level of ready-to-wear, delivering a sharp look, yet extremely practical.”
Reflecting the British designer’s contemporary style with an urban attitude, the collection turns to some of the signature references that characterize his ready-to-wear line. These include a thunderbolt motif that appears on hooded anoraks and quilted padded jackets, along with Barrett’s modernist graphics that pepper the chunky knitted sweaters and bonded tops. Sartorial references inform the selection of pants, including styles embellished with front pleats and tuxedo-inspired side bands. Everything is crafted from advanced materials and worked in a restrained color palette of black, white and navy with pops of bright red and forest green.
“Being a passionate skier, I took my own experience to infuse the collection with technicality and practicality,” he explained. “Actually, I have [always] blended athletic elements into my ready-to-wear collections but this time the perspective shifted — it was about bringing a ready-to-wear sensibility to sportswear, creating a collection that looks as good on the slopes as it does while having a drink après-ski.”
The inaugural skiwear collection will be available at Barneys New York and Bergdorf Goodman in the United States, Holt Renfrew in Canada, Harrods and Selfridges in the U.K., as well as online at ssense.com and luisaviaroma.com.
The outerwear offering will retail from $1,890 to $2,950. Pants will be sold at between $790 and $975, while knitwear will range from $650 to $1,200.