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Neil Barrett took to a breathtaking Roman townhouse to unveil his Fall/Winter 2016 collection at Milano Moda Uomo (Milan Fashion Week, for those who don’t speak Italian). The English-born, Milan-based designer took a much-needed break from the sports-luxe theme that has defined his previous collections, instead focusing on a more personal topic – his own past.

The softly-spoken Englishman took a trip down memory lane – “discovering and exploring a new part of my memories” – to present a collection of thoroughly masculine pieces that played heavily with the ’70s nostalgia that’s inspiring so many designers these days. He took the wardrobe staples of the era and dragged them into 2016 with cutting-edge fabrics, modern silhouettes and sharp color blocking.

Shearling was present by the bucketload: in flight jackets, car coats and blousons. To avoid sheepskin overload, the pieces were punctuated by geometric paneling – a Barrett signature. What would normally be tailored wool trousers catered to modern tastes thanks to their slimmed-down silhouettes and cuffed ankles.

Eagles and hawks from Dartmoor – where Barrett spent his formative years – made their way onto many of the collections pieces via some striking photo prints – another of the designer’s hallmarks.

As is always the case with Neil Barrett, you can really see this collection’s pieces being worn – it’s not hard to imagine this collection’s leather blousons, high-end track tops and color-blocked knits flying off the shelves in luxury boutiques around the world. The Prince of Wales patterned topcoats, shearling jackets and greatcoats fit right in with what men love to wear these days, too. Although, this being Barrett, they’ve been executed with thoroughly modern fabrications – the show’s press release promised us that his outerwear is “deceivingly lighweight.”

For more fashion week coverage, take a look at our recent reporting from London Collections: Men.

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin