February 07, 2007 New York
As admirable a sentiment as that might be, in practice it didn't really work out. In a severe palette of black, gray, and white, Barrett explored the idea of sculpted tailoring that stood away from the body, the result of hearing complaints from girlfriends about the limitations of stricter cuts. That meant boxy jackets with bracelet sleeves, pleated wide trousers, and cocoon coats, which, though executed well, seemed more likely to appeal to an older customer than the one Barrett targets. The result was that his fans were left wanting more. "Now that's what I like from him," whispered a young but influential stylist as a little motorcycle jacket in a chic dark-gray leather and slim pants finally passed by.