Out were the simple tees and clean leather jackets Jonas often favors. Instead, the singer waved in kilts over pants, heavily zippered trousers and tartans galore. The designers described the madcap blend as a culture clash between Britain and Japan or punk meets samurai.
“We’ve worked with Nick for red carpet,” Dan Caten, co-founder of DSquared2, tells Billboard. “He came to us with this project and we thought is was a perfect fit. Anything that happens organically is always best -- it isn’t forced and usually everyone is on the same page in a natural way.”
“Fashion has always been a part of my identity,” Jonas said in a press release about the collaboration.
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The singer was an easy customer. Caten says only “a few minor stylistic changes” were made “to translate the looks for the stage, like changing the dynamic by incorporating the kilts into a different look or T-shirts from looks to button-downs. This helped set a tone and create a specific mood.”
With the kilts' dark palette and flinty hardware details, Jonas pulled off the ensembles with mannish bravado. (And it seems he’s not the only one enamored with the Scottish style: Justin Bieber donned kilts over pants by L.A. brand Fear of God for his Purpose tour performances.) In fact, the intention of the runway collection was exactly about embodying of strength, masculinity, and self-expression, Caten says.
For the tour, zip-away layers were also for added ease of movement and bomber jackets for style. But if Jonas was indeed out to slay on the fashion front, then a denim jacket emblazoned with Japanese characters and graphics particularly stood out. He wore it in Atlanta with a black graphic printed tee and punk-y zippered jeans. Call it neo samurai-pop?