Neil Barrett is on a roll, and his innovative fall collection is proof. It was packed with a plethora of textures, which the designer used to reinvent classic men’s wear staples.
His trademark sweatshirt came crafted in Neoprene, zippered up the side, giving movement to an otherwise stiff garment. Sporty bombers had a tailored moment, thanks to a pleated construction running up the sides. On pants, glossy leather yielded to matte suede in a rich dégradé of brown tones, bringing to mind Mark Rothko color fields.
Furlike toggle coats and cropped outerwear left many guessing what they were actually made of. “It’s technical sweatshirting. You could lay down in it, wake up and it would spring back to perfect shape,” Barrett said after the show. “I totally think that fabric is where the playground for new men’s wear will be.”