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Urban Soul

From hip-hop to Roman architecture, Neil Barrett reveals his Spring Summer 2015 inspirations

Words, Photography and Video by HYPEBEAST

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This clashing of old and new has become a staple for British designer Neil Barrett, witnessed in real time at every catwalk show, where the sound system pumps out some of today’s most contemporary urban artists in a fusion that feels perfectly matched.

“Drake is one of my heroes. That mixture of urban music goes with an urban style,” he says. “My design philosophy is mixing tailoring with sport, with more street culture.”

This blend of classic and contemporary stems from Barrett’s tenure at Prada, where he combined sporting fabrics into tailoring before starting his eponymous label. The designer continues to reinvent the quintessential menswear silhouette, drawing inspirations from hip-hop to Roman Classicism. This season he lets us in on the key concepts behind the collection.

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