Fashion designer NEIL BARRETT presented the Fall Winter 2023.24 Menswear Collection with a presentation held on Saturday, January 14th, during the ongoing Milano Fashion Week. The collection is inspired by the truth of the masculine wardrobe: the unconscious, subconscious uniforms of everyday life and culture. Ironically, these are uniforms worn by those who eschew that label – but these clothes mark out both the individual and a sense of community, of belonging.
FALL WINTER 2023.24 COLLECTIONS
Underscoring all is Neil Barrett’s own individual identity – the precise, tailoring that shapes menswear and has informed his work since the 1990s. Traces of that decade and the 2000s – decades that refined the landscape of contemporary men’s wardrobes – run through this collection in its Minimalist lines, focused silhouettes, and attention to detail.
The collection is built around individuality – individual characters and individual items of clothing. The core of a real wardrobe. Shifting between different moods, personae can evolve – different characters indicated by choice of pieces, hues, combinations. Inspiration is drawn from music tribes and subcultures – Punk and post-Punk, Rockers, New Wave, Casuals. Markers of shared culture and interest, their uniforms are reflections of reality, but here heightened and elevated. Leathers are precision-tailored into shirts and trousers, while nods to grunge are evoked through engineered Fair Isle knits, distorted and morphed – twisted classics. Shirts are reengineered as outerwear, in light poplin, sturdy leather or padded layers to become a hybrid between outerwear and separates. Tracksuits are executed in glossy rayon, combined with tuxedo for a contradictory sense of luxury. – from Neil Barrett