It may be the first day of fashion week but Zayn in a Tommy cricket jumper on the cover of Elle India is what the fashion world is really buzzing about. It’s the first time we’re seeing the international pop star on the cover of an Indian magazine and honestly, we can’t help think he just fits. It could be the Urdu origin name, the international looks or the fact that it’s Zayn. Though the looks do have a part to play…
The mood of the shoot was true to his rock ‘n’ roll personality and the clothes selected by his stylist Jason Rembert was a mix of bomber jackets, denim, sharp suits and lots of prints and textures, Rahul Vijay, Elle’s Fashion Editor says about the shoot. “I hadn’t heard his music before and I just knew of him as a popstar who was dating Gigi Hadid. I would play his tracks in preparation for the shoot while doing call-ins.“ For the cover image, Jason chose a white cricket sweater from Hilfiger Collection with the neck adjusted to show off his tattoos .
Over lunch- which was a plate of chicken wings for Zayn- the former boy band singer was shocked to find out how popular he is in India. “He loves Indian food and claims his mom makes the best Indian food around.” No prizes for guessing who his favourite Bollywood actor is. “He loves Shah Rukh Khan, he’s even made Gigi watch Devdas, which is one of his favourites.”
Zayn did seven shots in about 3-4 hours with Manhattan as his backdrop from the iconic Lotte New York Palace Hotel. “He’s what a star his age should be: humble, calm and very easy to work with. He doesn’t like to smile in pictures, but that’s fashion so it works.” With that jawline we don’t blame him for not wanting to disrupt it.