TOWEL TANNING & BREAKOUT DANCING: 4 KEY MOMENTS FROM SAUL NASH’S SS24 SHOW

TOWEL TANNING & BREAKOUT DANCING: 4 KEY MOMENTS FROM SAUL NASH’S SS24 SHOW

by Juliette Eleuterio
4 min
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Saul Nash presented his SS24 show and, especially considering the heat we’ve been hit with in London out of nowhere, we just want to jet off to somewhere with a beach. Closing off London Men’s Fashion Week (even though it didn’t even feel like it started) Saul Nash’s newest collection was titled “Intersection”, in which he explored “parallels within the cultures” he found while travelling to Mauritius, where his granddad is from. This exploration came in the form of nautical clothing, showing off a new side of his sportswear-heavy inclination, with swimming caps, trunks and breathable fabrics on short-sleeved shirts all seen on the runway.

STEPPING ONTO THE BEACHSIDE COAST OF GUYANA

If Saul Nash wanted us to feel like we were in Guyana, it worked – and we’re not just talking about the boiling heat inside that room which was somehow hotter than the 30°C outside. “Intersection” was all about looking into the intersections of the designer’s cultural heritage, which Guyana became a key inspiration spot considering his mum is half-Guyanese. The set was less of a precise location and more of a vibe: a sand-filled runway, a dreamy soundscape of crashing waves, accompanied by the sounds of a bustling coastline city with motorbikes revving up and conversations by passerby. Wherever it was Saul Nash was taking us, us Londoners wanted a one-way ticket.

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THE MAN IN THE WETSUIT

If the nautical theme wasn’t clear enough just by looking at the set design, the first look couldn’t have been more literal: a model in a red full-body wetsuit came out. He walked down the runway – sandway? – and back, before sitting down, simply admiring his surroundings, as you do when on a beach. Only when this pensive moment was over did the other models, which were almost all street-casted, came out.

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WHEN THE DANCING CAME ALONG

It wouldn’t be a Saul Nash show without a little bit of dancing, let’s be real. The model’s cadence had been irregular since the start: some models walked slow, others walked faster, some came out alone while others were single filed in pairs. And then, a model broke into dancing. It was at the same time unexpected as expected, considering Saul Nash’s dance background, often bringing the fluid art into his shows. Some models danced, and others just walked, but two were seen dancing in sync, bouncing off each other’s energies.

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LAYING DOWN THE TOWELS

Forget the sunscreen, swimsuit, water bottle, waterproof phone case. What’s the one thing you have to bring to the beach? A towel, duh. Saul Nash knows this which is why he gave his models some branded two-tone towels to walk down the runway with, and eventually lay down on the sand on. Even Saul Nash himself came out with a towel at the end of his show, laying it down for a quick second before quickly getting back up and waving to the applauding crowd.

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