25 Sep Milan Fashion Week 2016 – Bolting Winsomeness : Neil Barrett Spring 2017
Leather Jackets, jacquard jersey dress, striped knits, biker pants, thunder bolts flashed before our eyes.
Lacking the usual models’ frenzy, crowd-less and relaxingly serene, this summarizes the setting of Neil Barrett’s Milan presentation . The balance between unorthodox & conventional is evident in the designer’s offerings such as the middleweight Japanese denim with slits south of the armpit that allowed the wearer to choose between conventional wear or hands-enabled shoulder robing in which chief confrere, Nicole Phelps described as “Very Cute” .
But cute is one of the many ways to describe this collection. Sure, Barrett is a renowned menswear designer, as he is Prada’s menswear creative upthrust , same as his own men’s line , which would explain his ability to deduce and decode menswear fashion appliques to suit womenswear .
This collection might as well be an augmentation of the menswear concept showcased earlier on in June . According to Barrett : “I wanted to take that idea of retro vintage and mix it up with modernist cuts based on Americana.” He integrated the bold, graphic Barrett staple of lightning bolts into references appropriated from his ’70s-heavy, shades-of-brown, action man menswear collection, then layered on an extra filter of rodeo-sourced graphics. “But instead of red, white, and blue, I did red, white, and black,” he said.
A graphically detailed presentation, wholly winsome . There seems to have been an obvious improvement in Barrett’s quality of style , which seems have been of great influence to his bringing his womenswear to Milan .