Claire Barrow has been pondering what would happen to humanity if it had to do without all the technical devices that keep it ticking along in a digital age. It’s a somber thought, but Barrow is nothing if not somber. The NewGen designer does lean toward lachrymose concepts (last season it was frustrated city workers) and this time around it was anxiety about a total digital blackout.
Musical instruments, human faces, dogs, killer whales and old machinery were among the subjects of her signature drawings, which came screen-printed or hand-painted on almost everything, including a nicely frayed belted jacket in cream and a wispy white spaghetti-strap silk dress with ties that attached to the wrists. They were also on a slash-neck long-sleeve T-shirt paired with mannish denim jeans that had been washed with stones and sand in a cement mixer in Barrow’s backyard. Talk about commitment to the cause.
Two-tone leather pants that laced up the crotch had a lot of attitude — but also great tailoring — showing that Barrow has skills as-yet undisplayed in her presentations. That said, it would be interesting to see what she could come up with if ever inspired by a theme that makes her happy.