Jamel Shabazz
Leah Greenblatt
June 25, 2015 AT 10:21 PM EDT

Fresh Dressed

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
82 minutes
Limited Release Date
06/26/15
director
Sacha Jenkins
genre
Documentary, History, Music

We gave it a B+

Fashion is the primary focus of Sacha Jenkins’ vibrant documentary on hip-hop style—and indeed, it leaves no Air Jordan or FUBU overall unturned. But the film smartly places those looks in a larger socioeconomic context, tracing the line from Sunday-best traditions in black churches to Bronx B-boys and beyond. Excellent archival footage forms the visual backbone, while designers, tastemakers, and topline stars (including Sean “Puffy” Combs, Kanye West, Nas, and Pharrell) bring talking-head knowledge. Midway through, the narrative gets a little bogged down in the details of retail; still, Fresh is a colorful, comprehensive trip. B+

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