Fashion hamper for Justin Bieber: Jackets, sneakers..but no Indianwear
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Fashion hamper for Justin Bieber: Jackets, sneakers..but no Indianwear

Zardozi, ikat and khadi — Justin Bieber will get a taste of Indian fashion while in India. But, designers are weary of dressing him up in traditional Indianwear. Here’s why.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 18, 2017 11:10 IST
Prerna Gauba
Prerna Gauba
Hindustan Times
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A preview sketch of the bomber jacket designer Ragini Ahuja is gifting Bieber.

Canadian singer Justin Bieber will be landing in Mumbai today as a part of his Purpose World Tour, and all eyes will be on the Grammy-winner during the five day of his stay, which will include a performance on May 10. While talks of TV appearances and Bollywood parties continue to make noise, we do know that a specially-curated hamper, called With Love From India, will be gifted to Bieber, and his mother, Pattie Mallette, who is accompanying him on the trip. Here’s all that you can expect:

Lots of black, athleisure ..but no kurtas!
While a signature velvet jacket by designer Rohit Bal makes up the hamper, an over-sized hoodie with Justin’s name emblazoned on the back by designer Dhruv Kapoor will also be there. “We made sure everything we made falls into the brand’s style so that’s why there was no thought of Indian wear. We have made a jersey with his number, 06. We used traditional techniques to add the patch of his name on the hoodie, so I guess that’s the indigenous touch,” says Kapoor.

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Khadi , ikat and zardozi...and the reason there’s no Indianwear in the hamper
Though there might not be any Kurta-pyjama for Bieber to take home, the Indian touch is intact. Designer Krishna Mehta, who is known to champion Maheshwari silk, will be using zardozi in the jacket that will be a part of the hamper. “The reason I didn’t want to gift Justin something Indian is because I wanted it to be more comfortable for him. He is known to be a free-spirit on the stage, so the idea is to not restrict his movement in any way. The jacket I have designed is made of ikat fabric from Pochampally, and the zardozi work is in geometric pattern.”

Designer Krishna Mehta’s jacket for Bieber.

Designer Amit Aggarwal will be gifting him a Khadi creation. “For Justin, we wanted to create a piece that has India at the heart of its design. We worked on khadi since it has been an integral part of our culture and forms the backbone of the textile industry. We have transformed the traditional fabric into a contemporary trench with our signature recycled polymer stripes to give it a new dimension. The style is in keeping with his iconic personality,” says Aggarwal.For designer Manav Gangwani, not gifting Indian is a practical approach. “Kids his age are not very comfortable in Indianwear, even in India, so let’s just be more practical. I am gifting him a pair of sneakers and caps.”

Peacock and snake motifs make up Gangwani’s gifts.
Sketches of creations by Amit Aggarwal and label Balmedore

Not only clothes, the instruments are limited-edition too Move over the jackets, because even the instruments, that are a part of the hamper, will be one-of-a-kind. Designer Varun Bahl is gifting Bieber instruments that are decorated with the designer’s signature style. “I am gifting him a set of Tabla and Sitar. I wanted to give him something which is connected to India, and is also related to music. I am a big fan of his, and can’t wait to attend the concert.”
Music maestro Amjad Ali Khan will also be gifting Bieber a sarod, specially autographed for the occasion.

Special collection for the concert and some jewels for Justin’s mom
Label LoveGen, by Dolly Sidhwani, Bhavana Pandey and Nandita Mahtani is curating special summer looks for Justin’s concert. “From flowy dresses to cropped tops, the line includes some of the coolest concert wear for the season,” says the collection note. Not only Justin, but mother Pattie Mallette will also receive some specially-curated gifts. While Anamika Khanna has designed something for Mallette, jewellery designer Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has some jewels in store. She also shared a sneak peak of her hamper on her Instagram account.

First Published: May 08, 2017 15:20 IST