Saul Nash, the London-based designer, has once again pushed the boundaries of fashion and function with his latest collection, Juxtaposition. This collection, which was showcased during the Fall/Winter 2023 fashion season, is a fusion of technical design, hybridity, and tailored silhouettes.
Nash, who grew up in London, was inspired by the city’s love of skiwear, despite the fact that many never actually learn to ski. According to Nash, “When you grow up in London, you wear a lot of ski outerwear, but you never learn to ski. It’s a symbol of aspiration that’s juxtaposed with the realities of inner city living. For me, the collection is like a dreamscape, a place between where I come from, and where I’m going.“
Juxtaposition is a result of Nash’s ongoing experimentation with pattern-cutting, draping, and refining. “Now I’m 30, that’s the question,” Nash says. “I don’t want to wear a tracksuit for the rest of my life, but I will always want to be in activewear.” The collection features a range of pieces that seamlessly blend form and function, from the sleek, fitted ski jackets to the padded down coats made from deadstock nylon and recycled down.
Nash’s expertise in wool has also been showcased in this collection, following his win of the 2022 International Woolmark Prize. The designer has experimented with compression knits, creating seamless tops and leggings made for performance. He has also created looser knit sweaters and joggers for a more relaxed look.
In addition to the skiwear-inspired pieces, Nash has also included hybrid compression leggings, a running vest, and brushed fleece jersey pieces in his collection. The color palette is inspired by mountain terrain, with the exception of a hot red technical jacket, which Nash says represents “the need for nature.”
The footwear for the collection was provided by UGG®, including the Tasman LTA and the Classic Mini Padded Ankle Boots, with some customized by Nash with Vibram soles for outdoor terrain. The sunglasses were by Oakley.
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