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Neil Barrett

AESTHETIC CONSTRAINT
Milan: Some designers flourish under strict constraints and Neil Barrett surely falls into this category. For F/W 13 he whittled his palette to anemic proportions, limited to basic neutrals and a pop of cherry as well as a uniform silhouette of skinny trousers topped by round shoulder jackets and coats. But somehow the results were never boring, due in part to Barrett’s masterful dissemination of luxurious leathers, double-faced knits, mohair and velvet, materials pieced into sliced patchworks or roughed up for a fuzzy halo effect. Sport, another Barrett obsession, was never far behind with precise must-haves like spongy crewneck sweatshirts and fitted baseball caps, their gorgeous simplicity making a strong case for the wisdom of aesthetic restrictions.—Nina Stotler

Silhouette: Boxy / A-line / Slim / Rounded

Color: Camel / Black / Charcoal / Cherry red / White / Navy

Key Items: Spongy crewneck tops / Tab-cuff trousers / Bomber jackets / Skinny velvet trousers / Sleek overcoats / Collarless jackets

Materials: Leather / Double-faced knits / Textured wool / Mohair / Velvet / Fur

Print + Pattern: Colorblocking / Zig-zag stripes

Details + Trim: Tab cuffs / Ribbing / Quilting / Elastic cuffs / Foldover collars / Contrast sleeves

Accessories + Footwear: Lug-soled boots / Brimmed baseball caps / Chunky elastic fastened loafers

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