Saul Nash made his London Fashion Week Mens debut with a presentation centred around movement. The designer says “what’s important for me is that they can move in it… allowing people to feel more like themselves.”
Nash’s presentation involved sounds from musician Lafawndah and dancers interpreting self-liberation through their unique takes on contemporary dance. The presentation revealed the urban collection which consisted of nylons and Kaihari denim. The designer created knitted pieces and included intricate details such as embroidery, ribbing and bonding. On the whole, the collection reflected a fresh inner-city landscape through its yellow, blue and white tones.
The performance element of the presentation became a part of the collection. Saul’s background as a dancer and BA in Performance Design from Central Saint Martins influenced how he would interpret menswear. In 2018 he completed his MA Menswear course at the Royal College of Art and produced ‘ STATIC|MOTION ‘ as his graduate collection. Static motion explores the static man vs the man in motion by understanding what movement can represent. In November 2018 he released a short film for Static Motion which he choreographed himself and collaborated with filmmaker Fx Goby. The film “calls views to look at the urban landscape, with heavy concrete bricks, in a different way.” The full video can be watched here.
Therefore, the fashion week presentation is part II of the collection. Saul updates the collection to explore masculinities through performance. The dance responds to the sensitivity of the modern male. The ability of the garments to move and change shape whilst being danced in encapsulates the ability to transform space. Ultimately, Nash is trying to show self-liberation through fashion, movement and dance.