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NEIL BARRETT Spring Summer 2016 Menswear Show Video

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Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection draws on the decorative patterns of male dress across the globe, fusing Western and Eastern references. The collection travels across cultures, dissecting different notions of male identity: American workwear with European tailoring, Japanese denim with Italian jacquards. Nautical stripes, keffiyeh checks, camouflage, leopard and batik patterns drawn from traditional kimonos. Archetypal motifs are reworked, reexamined and fused together to create an unexpected and modern mix. A leopard is underscored with an irregular nautical stripe like a cross-hatch; batik patterns and keffiyeh are overlaid with camouflage. Woven via intricate fabric jacquards and knits, the patterns are keyed into the surfaces of the fabrics. However, a uniformity prevails amongst the global outlook – a uniform of masculinity. This is expressed through matching prints - shirt and jacket in coordinating patterns, in different scales or colours - and a strict palette of tuxedo monochrome, white and shades of navy. A newly-found relaxation prevails, with silhouettes exemplifying an accurate ease. Trousers are cut with a low crotch, narrow in the hip but sitting low on the body, hems are turned-up or cuffed. Shirts are worn open, with 2/3 sleeves nonchalantly folded-up. Garments and shapes are drawn from the established vocabulary of the male wardrobe, twisted with a contemporary perspective to become future classics. Two-button suiting, Harrington jackets, light Crombie coats, cuffed jeans and denim jackets are the building-blocks of the looks. Neil Barrett reintroduces his own “classics”: buffalo-leather, a lynchpin of the brand’s earliest collections, makes a reappearance, washed and soft for summer. Fusions are evident here too, reflecting the hybrid patterns that form the backbone of the collection. The pleated front of a jean jacket is pieced into a blazer, t-shirts are knitted to have the body of a fine sweater. Shoes blend a moccasin with the technologically-advanced stacked sole of a sneaker, studded or with the hard metal plate. TRACKLIST Main Djrum - Ode Apparat- Porc#1 Jamie xx - Gosh Finale Jamie xx - Gosh