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Neil Barrett Menswear S/S12

DIY punk and New Romantics influences permeated the S/S12 show where houndstooth and feminine pieces were placed throughout

A decidedly DIY feel took over Neil Barrett's collection for the coming season. A combination of references that went as far and wide as punk, sci-fi and New Romantics, seemed to fuse together in Barrett's vision. Houndstooth made a reoccurring appearance across the collection, featuring on suits, trousers, bomber jackets and the occasional piece of womenswear which was dotted throughout the show. Prints appeared again in varying forms, including an MC Escher-like bird showing up on trousers and t-shirts, along with geometric black and white line images. That punk aesthetic made itself known through shapes and silhouettes ranging in proportion and fit, but also through zip details, key chains, leather jackets and various sleeveless pieces. A padded arm leather bomber gave a futuristic element, as did a heavy cotton cropped trouser suit and a leather and felt belted trench. Colours were mainly monochromatic with naturals being dropped in sparingly. Pinstripe suits jackets and school blazers added in a further aesthetic reference, driving home that mix and match style.