Jackets, jackets, jackets. That’s what we see in this season’s Neil Barrett Menswear Spring Summer 2015 Collection. Barrett shows a variety of jackets in different fabrics and lengths. The favorite is a short, structured jacket that carries a straight fit. Barrett does try to play with longer lengths and we see that with his looser fitting hooded jackets. It is clear that Barrett is fond of zippers and most of his jackets are detailed with zippers -zipper fronts and pocket zippers. The use of subdued colors in white, grey, black and dark blue hues is popular but we do also see pieces in a timeless camel color and even in yellow. Prints are rarely seen in this collection. Barrett limits his use of prints to graphic prints and images of alabaster heads on tops and camouflage prints on sweatshirts and jackets. Barrett is trying to bring a lightness to his designs with a relaxed and easy feel. He has accomplished this with his wise choice of light weight fabrics. Even his use of suedes, leathers and denim have a lightness about them. Barrett shows his models wearing unadorned thick soled shoes that complement the light style. Barrett’s great detail and layering creates a nice structure and volume to all of his looks, really leading him to success.
- Kelley Ortler Fashion writer
- Illustrations by Doryanna Popa