When you feel weak inside, when you are unsure of yourself, You shall go straight to Neil Barrett.
Everything in the FW14 collection is telling straight to your face: I AM STRONG. (Again, when is Neil Barrett telling you otherwise?) The message is simple and straight to the point. Even the skirts and the ruffles jackets look fierce, but I would say that is a very cool kind of fierce. What is ‘a cool kind of fierce’? It is cool because it is not shouting, it is cool because it doesn’t scream with vulgarity and it is mighty cool because it is not trying too hard to be bad.
Extending from the menswear collection, FW14 womenswear see fun patterns against darker tone, possibly smaller size from the menswear collection bomber jackets, leather everything, and ruffles trimming. The lighting bolt patterns reminds me of Karen Walker. Not that they are exactly on the same path, but because both are quirky. Strong without losing fun. That is ‘cool kind of fierce’. But Neil Barrett is serious in making you strong. From the straight no-nonsense cutting to the mixed materials, everything is to empower you from inside out.
Neil Barrett is known for its menswear, yet for the past few years the brand has taken womenswear seriously. Serious in following the menswear footstep: strong, clean, straight to the point, and bang on solid good material.
Every woman has a special strength within, and Neil Barrett is trying different ways to explore the deepest side of us. Every season sees a different approach in making women strong. Maybe it is time to give him a round of applause for his effort, and his love for empowering us through his creation. What say you, when our mighty Angelina Jolie is a fan of Neil Barrett’s jackets?
Neil Barrett has moved his production further into Europe, at the same time spreading his influence into Asia. Hong Kong and Korea has a strong presence of Neil Barrett since 2011, though the focus falls on his menswear, it is no denying the brand is working hard to attract attention around here.
For the love of good work, it is almost a crime not to know a name like Neil Barrett. And of course Asia welcomes you with open arms.