The sleek, ergonimic lines of Charles and Ray Eames’ California Minimalism was the key inspiration behind Neil Barrett’s Spring/Summer 2014 womenswear presentation during last Paris Fashion Week. First explored in the menswear, Barrett translates the lines of mid-century all-American sportswear into women’s garments, combined with the organic forms of Eames’ creations, curvilinear shapes taken from their classic furniture design utilized as templates for inlays, seams and design details. The collection fuses man and nature: monochrome feathers flock across brief shift-dresses, t-shirts and sweatshirts, intricately embroidered or rendered as an abstract print. The sinuous lines characteristic of Eames’ designs are also applied to garments and accessories, as seam details and appliqué. Silhouette are sports-inspired: full skater skirts worn over fitted cycling shorts, simple t-shirt and sweatshirt shapes and biker jackets in sweatshirting or fine nappa leather. Despite the complex design and innovative fabric technologies, everything is as easy to wear as a t-shirt. Colours are tightly controlled, black, white and grey marl contrasting with flashes of scarlet.
A sense of lightness, of coolness, is fundamental. Aerated fabrics, skins and mesh are seamed together to create garments with structure that remains light and breathable.
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