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Neil Barrett designs for the women he knows, the ones everybody wants to know. “I saw one of my girl-friends in a photograph and her jacket was falling off her shoulder”, he told i-D, “it didn’t look right, so I worked out a system where you can perch your jacket on your shoulder and it will never fall off because you put your arm through another hole.” It’s a relief that there are men like Neil thinking these things through, making fashion that facilitates style. And when you’re walking through the rails of beautifully cut clothes, after beautifully cut clothes, after beautifully cut clothes, you become very narcissistic very quickly, thinking only in terms of how great you would look in those flared white trousers and white tuxedo jacket, how beautiful your legs might appear in those crêpe de chine shorts, without paying the attention you should to the ins and outs, the models in the presentation, etc. Of course, that’s the most successful thing about it; its absolute desirability. To cover the ins and outs though, Neil was inspired this season by baseball, making it chic with baggy shorts and track pants in white silk, loose neoprene vests and varsity jackets in aged leather with a slim cut. Delicate perforated leather dresses and a series of jade green ponyskin jackets with loose, floor-skimming skirts and printed jerseys elevated the sporty theme into glamour. From the slouchy, round-the-house-wear to the high-octane tuxedos, and everything in between, it was the perfect, complete wardrobe.
Text: Sarah Raphael
Photography: Mitchell Sams
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