Kumail Nanjiani plays Kingo—a Bollywood actor—in the upcoming Marvel film Eternals, and it is reported that the actor wanted to wear something traditional to the premiere that incorporated the same colour scheme as his character’s costume in the movie. His stylist, Jeanne Yang, approached a Karachi-based designer to create a bespoke outfit—scroll through to see details.
Kumail Nanjiani wore a custom purple sherwani on the Eternals red carpet
While South Asian actresses, like Priyanka Chopra, who have made the leap to Hollywood have often been seen wearing homegrown designers to events, it’s less common among their male counterparts (Tan France is a notable exception). While Nanjiani has been lauded for the major body transformation he made a few years ago, his sartorial choices haven’t got nearly the same amount of attention. It comes as a breath of fresh air then to see the star be deliberate about his red carpet style choices, and this bold purple and gold sherwani certainly makes a statement. “I wanted to wear a Sherwani because 1. They look awesome and 2. My costume in the film always reminded me of Sherwanis. And I wanted to use a designer in Pakistan, not just a Pakistani designer in the US. So I called my mom, she gave me names of three amazing designers in Pakistan,” said Nanjiani in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Evidently, the actor chose to work with House of Umar Sayeed, a designer based in Karachi who specialises in intricate bridal wear and is known for ornate embroidery and beadwork. The sherwani Nanjiani wears features an all-over paisley pattern embroidered in contrasting gold thread with straight purple pants worn underneath. The Christian Louboutin boots the actor wears give it an edginess, and the gold Patek Phillipe watch he accessorised with echoes the gold embroidery on his sherwani. What we appreciate most of all is that Nanjiani chose to use his celebrity to champion a lesser-known Pakistani designer, in an homage to his roots.
Image: Kumail Nanjiani with Emily V. Gordon at the Eternals movie premiere. Photo: instagram.com/kumailn/