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Milan - Neil Barrett’s Luchino Lads

Godfrey Deeny
June 28th, 2007 @ 1:48 PM - Milan

The boys wore hairnets at Neil Barrett, which felt right seeing that the UK-born, though Milan based designer named this spring-summer 2008 collection, wait for it, “Visconti Punk.”

The collection and styling was a mixture of the precise and the funky.

In the hard edged corner you got razor sharp black leather “Perfecto” jackets, biker tops and Joey Ramone striped mohair sweaters, while in the opposing poetic angle Neil showed pinstripe vests, young gentlemen’s black silk prep school jackets and even grandfatherly cardigans.

Barrett continues to be an inventive maker of footwear – like the studded black leather wingtips that all looked great.

Plus, the gauzy moment in Milan was probably best expressed in this show, where Barrett employed what looked like fine mesh mohair with a semi-hidden stripe.

A churlish soul could lament that many of the ensembles did not quite gel but the wealth of ideas was such that you just know this will become strongly at the box office.

“We’ve breached 50,” a cheery Barrett told FWD in the backstage, meaning his company had wracked up 52 million Euros in sales last year, which makes Neil 70-million-dollar man. And to think that he once re-mortgaged his own home to get his fashion house going. Now that’s what we call punky.

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