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Neil Barrett Menswear Spring/Summer 2014

Neil Barrett, undisputed king of fabric mixing and tailoring was presenting his men collection earlier. Inspired by minimalism, it was also the continuation of his Fall/Winter collection which inspiration was the Bauhaus movement.
Black, white, light grey and red are the only colors the designer chose to use for his collection. It was indeed minimalist but never strict or boring. The work on the shapes and fabrics was however striking. Neil Barrett has got us used to a perfect control when it comes to tailoring. The looks are sharp, neat and it is the attention on the details that brings out Mr Barrett creative power.
Neil Barrett chose to use prints this season, a deconstructed version if the tartan that was to be found on sweater and shirts in black and white or red and white. Paneling joined the party with bold leather parts on some of the sweater and this season it was all about asymmetry and deconstruction. The silhouettes at Neil Barrett come in all forms as the use of different fabrics creates different shapes. Neoprene, which is rather voluminous, gave strong and bold looks, so did leather. One the brilliant piece from this collection was the suede and pony hair jacket, which reminded us of last season when the designer printed zigzags on pony hair jackets.
The casting was also very good as we got to see Elliott Vulliod (opened the show), Arthur Gosse, Charlie France, Ben Jarvis, Alexander Ferrario, Peter Bruder, Guerrino Santulliana, Adrien Sahores, Miles Langford and Yannick Abrath who closed the show.
To finish on Neil Barrett Spring Summer collection, as the saying goes “God’s in the details”. Then it would not be exaggerated to deem Mr Barrett work “divine”.
Mary Yasmine Arrouche

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