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Edited by on February 14 2012 at 8:14 PM

He’s a Fashion Week fixture: The man in the wild printed suit and matching newsboy hat. If you’ve been to The Tents, you’ve seen him and probably wonder, who the heck is he?  This mysteriously matching man rocked a John Lennon suit this New York Fashion Week. The deeply rooted Beatles fan in me suddenly had to know more about him and his sartorial choice of Lennon that caused quite a stir. So I asked. 

Fashion Weeks Man of a Thousand Wild Suits Rocks John Lennon

His name is Shail Upadhya. He’s a retired U.N. Official from Nepal who is now a stylist in NYC. He also makes his own suits. He’s styled them after the iconic YSL Mondrian print, Kandinsky artwork, stripes, dots, checks, you name it. This week, he came in a jacket he imagined up to pay tribute to The Beatles.

In celebration of the anniversary of The Beatles coming to America on February 7, 1964, Shail Upadhya crafted a suit with John Lennon‘s self portrait on repeat.

Fashion Weeks Man of a Thousand Wild Suits Rocks John Lennon


When The Fab Four came to America, Shail was in London where he lived with his ambassador parents. “At that time I had heard of The Beatles. They weren’t as popular in London as they were in the U.S. London and Liverpool also had a bit of a rivalry. London kind of looked down on Liverpool.”

Soon after their arrival in the U.S., the negativity was shattered. Like many a-boomer, he grew up with their music as his soundtrack.  His fav fab tunes?  Here Comes the Sun and HELP!

Shail Upadhya loves paying homage and saluting people in different fields of art through fashion.

And hopefully he’ll help fight back against people who tweet “Who the hell is Paul McCartney??” Seriously kids, watch yourself.

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Story by Jessica Lapidos

I impart my daily love of light layering, thick-as-thieves platforms and undiscovered fashionable gems. I love to turn a phrase, and in truth I'm a designer at werq.

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