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“Clean room, clean mind” my mother always used to tell me, a precedent that heavily influenced my preference in design aesthetic. In toddler talk, Neil Barrett’s SS14 collection was clean, simplistic and humble. His designs were just that, heavily design led. 

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Last season futuristic elements in the form of iridescent fabrics and lacquered cottons nodded towards space age elements. This season, however, Barrett’s prints were clinical. Monochromatic checks and lumberjack blazers were boxy, sharp and clean. Nothing was too garish from the minimalist master of menswear this season, quite rightly too.

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The collection played up to Barrett’s strengths as a designer; his perfectly precise silhouette, although sleek, is never too feminine. Harking back to american street wear at it’s most basic Barrett stripped this nostalgic inspiration to its core. Tailored shorts, broad ribbed leather jackets, sweaters and bombers in monochromatic hues and violent reds were key examples of this. Short sleeves tops in melange were ribbed whilst alternatives came in neoprene fabrics, playing up to the vintage sporting era that was the undertone throughout.

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Injections of contemporary outwear such as a crisp white belted lab coat harked towards Barrett’s clinical aesthetic, one that we’re beginning to know him for and love him for so well.

Images: Style.com

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