Following the likes of fellow Fashion East alumni Christopher Shannon and Henry Holland, Nasir Mazhar is the latest to collaborate with Topman on a capsule collection. Following from Mazhar’s recent talks of changing his fashion schedule to allow his working class orientated designs to be more accessible to those that influence the his work, prices range from £25-£80, just a snippet off his own label collection price point.
In terms of design, the collections nods back to SS14 with the baby blue and pink towelling tracksuits (which I will be copping!!), nylon tracksuits and what’s looking to be a trademark muscle vest.
Speaking to Dazed & Confused, Nasir Mazhar speaks of the designs:
“I wanted to work on my idea of a suit. Like matching two-piece suits, it’s broken down into five looks. We worked on our first all-over printed tracksuit and this is maybe my favourite piece from the collection. I wanted to go for that flashy retro shell suit vibe, it’s fresh. Then there is a pink cotton towelling two-piece embroidered suit. There’s a casual zip bomber and a two-layer shorts. There’s a blue cotton towelling two-piece suit made up of embroidered jogging bottoms and a crew neck sweater.
I’m always thinking about proper summer holiday clothes. Going from the beach to the open air discotheque. I was thinking about clothing for that Bashment night so I designed these logo cut out and frayed jeans with pink topstitching and this muscle fit motion blur print top. The last look is a really relaxed fit poly tricot pull over and matching short set. Very comfy and sports ready. I was thinking about different looks for different needs. ”
The collection is a far cry from a designer just stamping their name on a label. With this drop, Mazhar brings the inclusivity at the heart of his label, making fresh designs relatable to those who influence it. In my opinion, the high end designers lifting looks from working class culture, whether that be London or Moscow, need to take a closer look at the roots of their “street” inspiration, as Mazhar has done.
Available online 6th September and in selected stores 8th