Kickstarting London’s menswear presentations today, Nasir Mazhar shifted his trademark logo-laden streetwear in an all-black direction to explore the subtleties of a monochromatic color palette. By experimenting only with shape and texture, the presentation sought to establish a more subdued playing field for 2016, in comparison to previous seasons where colors were limitless and ideas uninhibited.
Styling, of course, played a major role in the success of Mazhar’s latest—an effort tackled by the inimitable Anna Trevelyan. Cutout tanks were paired with slim, jet black trousers, some revealing the waistbands of boxers stamped with the designer’s coveted logo; tracksuits were updated with origami folds and padded pants; flesh almost served as an accessory, though two alienesque looks eliminated skin altogether, acting as show pieces designed to survive on another planet.
Though black is arguably a commercial copout and one that promises lucrative success on the sales floor, we appreciate Mazhar’s self-aware steps toward reinvention. There’s certainly nothing here that will dramatically alter the movement of fashion this year, though the intricacies of each individual piece highlight Mazhar’s innovative eye when working within established boundaries. Watch the presentation, below: