March 01, 2014 Paris
He softened Binx's hard edges a bit. The facing was extended on coats and jackets. A pleated ruff ran along the bottom of a biker jacket. Another leather jacket had a ruffled front. There were also pleats underneath a classic double-breasted jacket. Barrett wanted to add fluidity to classic masculine garments.
Still, it isn't really "soft" where his heart lies. The motif that dominated the collection was the lightning bolt, carried over from the men's collection. Barrett offered it as one big zap on a quilted blouson or as a techno Fair Isle pattern on knit. Continuing with the techno theme, there were op art spots and a photo-realist bear-fur print on sweatshirts. You could almost imagine a world where such an item might replace the real thing. That world already has a name—Gattaca. And Barrett's inside-out reconceptualizations of the classic MA-1 would make a perfect uniform.