Neil Barrett



Over the last few seasons Neil Barrett has mastered the use of mixed materials and patchwork techniques. For F/W 10, with a collection titled “Iconic Hybrid”, the designer took a more streamlined approach, seeming to cut garments into precise pieces and then splice them together again. Held in the Triennale di Milano art museum, the intention was to show how architecture and geometry influence clothes. Slim suits and leather jackets were rumpled and washed, softening any hard edges and signaling that nothing in the collection was to be taken too seriously. Woven shirts had subtle fabric blocks, a leather biker jacket contained wool panels, and a tailored coat was made of classic yet contrasting menswear fabrics. The contemporary, artisanal quality of Barrett’s collections are always appreciated, and he has grown to influence the entire men’s market — just like a few of his Milan-based counterparts.

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