Abstract Eccentric

Milan…Neil Barrett

Neil Barrett is fast becoming a personal favorite of the Fashion Office and we were pleasantly surprised to see that this talented designer did not cave in to the pressures of playing it safe because of the economy. Instead, he approached the season by exploring all things hybrid, and the notion of reconstruction. His “abstract eccentric” man of fall showcased dissections of an English gentleman’s wardrobe, remixed with trompe l’oeil collages and patchwork effects. And wouldn’t it be typical of the stylish Englishman in trying times to appear frugal and yet creative by mixing seemingly unrelated materials and concepts? The lapels of one coat became a kind of muffler over another. The leggings that peeped out from under cropped pants were actually knit anklets. Cable textures were embossed on a leather sweatshirt and sweater, while actual cable knits in different textures and colors were seamed together to create a hybrid sweater. Finally, a polo shirt was stitched inside another jacket to create a two-for-one effect, and tailored blazers got the patched treatment of various wools.  Nothing was quite what it seemed, and the skewed proportions resulted in what will surely be perceived as added value.


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  • angela

    Wonderful asymmetric construction – reminds me of a Kazimir Malevich painting. Also – this play with hemlines is quite interesting – very fresh in moody monochromes.

  • Neil has taken the word patchwork to new heights. Contrary to grandmother’s quilts, these pieces are sculptural. This reconstruction is mysterious.

  • NicD

    Amazing new shapes with traditional warm materials, I think it makes a great combination in this collection.

  • francis

    he is my modern classic.