Neil Barrett presents his men’s & women’s spring/summer 2019 collection in Milan. Titled “Sea / Flowers,” the collection investigates the universe of male uniforms, specifically sportswear as the masculine uniform of the twenty-first century.
The notion of examining contemporary masculinity – of exploring uniforms, but also challenging them – anchors the collection. Flowers become masculine, with patterns and graphic treatments devised from photographic prints of anemones. Likewise, the convention of a ‘floral print is challenged, their form is applied in unexpected manners – like medals or military emblems to rain macs, sweaters and t-shirts; as an application to a masculine prince-of-wales check; or sliced apart and displaced to interrupt the pattern. The rules of florals are broken in this new exploration.
Uniforms of exploration. An idea that lead to the only uncharted territory left on earth: the deep sea, 95 per cent of which remains unexplored. Drawing inspiration from the high-performance, hyper-technical ‘dry suits’ worn by deep sea divers – sportswear specifically engineered to the demands of extreme conditions – this collection voyages boldly between the land and the oceans.
Explore the full collection below.