Neil Barrett presented Spring Summer 2017 menswear collection during the Milano Fashion Week. The collection is inspired by the past – a classic sense of the British wardrobe of the Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. The silhouettes are defined by a voluminous torso, a generous tailored shoulder, above a slim pant. The classic garments are reworked in a sense of now.
There is an influence of Americana, just as American culture influenced Britain during these periods. Television and movie archetypes are subtly referenced, in the colour palette and fabrications. Natural shades of gold, cognac, tan and chocolate dominate. Wooden marquetry inspires inserts into jackets, shirts and trousers, intarsia inlays giving a graphic effect keyed into the surface of the fabric. Parquet designs become graphic motifs as placement but also inspire “unravelled” takes on Breton stripes, another wardrobe classic, appearing on streamlined mock-turtleneck t-shirts in techno-knit to update the garment. The marquetry shades are combined with bitter orange, flashes of monochrome, and a spectrum of Americana-inspired denims, from chambray to darkest indigo. – from Neil Barrett
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All images courtesy of Neil Barrett