Dipping into his childhood in the Devon countryside — and his frustration at not being allowed a sheepskin at the time — Neil Barrett brought retro classics like shearling car coats and shiny tracksuits up to date. Giving a feminine twist to elements of his men’s collection for fall, which showed in Milan in January, Barrett emphasized both micro and macro-silhouettes, as in sweatshirt and sweater pairings with contrasting modernist panel details mixing burgundy, tomato red, brown or beige with black and white.
A tweed theme mashed up the main hues of the collection, and looked especially fresh as an outsized sweatshirt or zip-up sweat top with leather details. Cropped tank tops, A-line shift dresses in sweatshirt fabric as well as high-waist leather pants and skirts also played a role in this contemporary interpretation of Seventies cool.
Barrett found a solution to another of his frustrations — the fact that suit jackets just aren’t warm enough in winter to be worn without another layer on top — with a series of trompe l’oeil jacket-coats, shown in camel wool or as a black tuxedo version for evening.