The ‘statesman’ jacket coming back in fashion


Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

by NADEEM BADSHAH MODI AND STARS INSPIRE NEHRU COAT’S RETURN IT WAS once the preferred attire for Indian prime ministers and James Bond villains before writers claimed it had gone out of fashion. Jawaharial Nehru But the Nehru jacket is back thanks to star power. Legendary French shoe designer Christian Lou­boutin wore a gold and burgundy one at the Met Gala fundraiser in New York in May. And the hip-length tailored coat with a standing collar was also on show at the recent weddings of Bol­lywood actresses Sonam Kapoor and Neha Dhupia. It was also the outfit donned by Sky Sports’ cricket commentators covering the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is set to be spotted on cricket fans during the Indian team’s current tour of England. The garment got its name from Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of newly-independent India, and was also previously worn by courtiers in the Mughal era. Mani Kohli, who owns frashion brand Khubsoorat in London”, told Eastern Eye: “The Indian prime min­ister flaunts it a lot wherever he goes; people have got used to seeing the jacket. “They are traditional, but have now hit the fashion stands. When it hits the press, the magazine covers and the catwalk, it becomes a phenomenon. “Celebrities have worn it and it becomes more acceptable and mainstream. We sell them for £275 upwards for a silk high collar one. Anything longer would cost more with brooches or jewellery attached. “They are tailored coats and you would feel like a king in this attire.” Kohli said black and cream are the most popular colours, followed by royal blue, green and maroon for weddings. She added that the jacket can be worn with a range of smart casual wear. “If it has a collar, it makes it gentlemanly. And not having sleeves…

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