Justin Bieber’s sense of style may vary, depending on his moods. Karla Welch has been styling the “Sorry” singer for four years now and describes Bieber as a “skater boy at heart, who has a penchant for Saint Laurent and band tees.” Welch also spoke about the recent backlash that stemmed from Bieber wearing a Nirvana shirt to this year’s American Music Awards.
In an Interview with Harper’s Bazaar, Welch explained that there is no particular stylistic direction for Justin Bieber’s “Purpose” promo tour but they are aiming for a cleaner look that is a little more modern—kind of a leaning towards what they have been doing before: longer shirts with a bit more natural, more plain track.
The “Baby” hit maker’s stylist also mentioned that they drew inspiration from late actor River Phoenix’s vibe and a kind of 70s and 80s skater culture. This is where the discussion about the long tees started, as the magazine asked about the staple that has been becoming a signature to Bieber’s wardrobe.
Welch commented that Justin Bieber has been wearing the shirts since his last tour, “he wore a ton of long t-shirts, and I think this kind of permeated and everyone’s really noticing them now.” she said—and regarding the infamous Nirvana tee worn at the AMAs, the stylist said that it was not the first time Bieber wore a Nirvana shirt.
“We just have a nice collection of vintage tees, and then the tee he wore yesterday was actually Jerry Lorenzo’s from Fear of God. Jerry takes vintage tees and re-cuts them. But yeah, of course he’s a fan of Nirvana. I think it’s so funny that all these people are up in arms. I’m sure Kurt Cobain would be like—I mean I can’t speak for him obviously—but I don’t think he was so snotty or that he would diss anyone who appreciated his music. I think he understood that that is like the antithesis of music appreciation. It’s so funny. But you know, fans are fans!” Welch added.
Whatever good or bad sentiments fans may have on Justin Bieber and his sense of style, we guess he will “Never Say Never” to trying new stuff, fashion-wise.
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