During an appointment at his Milan showroom, Neil Barrett admitted he cannot wait to return to designing for a runway show.
A fashion veteran, Barrett knows that in a moment when everything happens online, from presentations to sales, the medium is key for the commercial success of a brand. For this reason, the designer kept his collection uncomplicated in terms of silhouettes, but also catchy thanks to the use of color and prints.
Inspired by “the inner need we all have to be able to move logically and physically,” as he said, Barrett opted for comfortable, relaxed silhouettes, leaving the body free to move. In addition, 3D pleats and aerodynamic cuts created inlaid pockets, exalting the garments’ functionality.
In keeping with consumers’ overall desire for freedom, the world of musical festivals, including Burning Man, influenced the cool graphics of desert animals and arty installations printed on T-shirts and bowling shirts, while blurred dancing figures were recreated as jacquard motifs on knitted tops. While the lineup offered a more playful and colorful interpretation of the designer’s signature aesthetic, the collection was also strong on his revisited essentials, from mixed media hoodies to utility bombers and tailored suits with a relaxed attitude.
The label’s offering for next spring was completed with a range of collaborations retailing at democratic price points. They spanned from functional bags and pouches developed with Eastpack and ’90s’ fat-sole sneakers created with Northwave to intarsia bombers that were fruit of a partnership with Alpha Industries.