During his 1D stint, Zayn Malik was always keen to turn heads with his sartorial choices (his new green hair is just the icing on the cake), but since leaving the band, rumours have reached fever pitch about the 22-year-old doing a Kanye and becoming a fashion designer.
That’s right, reports in The Metro suggest Zayn will be heading to Men’s Fashion Week in Paris at the end of the month in the hope of securing “a big-money endorsement deal with a huge fashion brand”.
In fact, a source has also said that Zayn’s experimental style has caught the eye of a few “top fashion houses”, who are now interested in working with him. Ooh, the suspense..
The source added: “Music will always be his priority but fashion could be more than just a side project.”
Zayn isn’t the only guy with eyes set on the fashion world. Nick Grimshaw just hosted a star-studded bash with his pals to celebrate his new fashion line for Topman and Justin Bieber’s getting in on the action too. Yep, in an interview with WWD, Biebs says it’s only a matter of time before he releases a collection of his own.
“Just being recognized by the fashion world in such a way so far has been awesome,” he says. “I’m excited to venture into a new lane….Really new and something I’ve always really liked, but now I’m just moving forward into that direction.”
Music is his number one priority, he says, but that hasn’t stopped him making serious waves in the fashion world of late. This season he stripped off for Calvin Klein alongside model Lara Stone in the brand’s underwear and jeans campaigns and last month he made a statement at the Met Gala, rocking a suave gold-embroidered Balmain jacket.
Don’t expect to see anything from him any time soon though. “I know Kanye [West] has been working on his stuff for years and failed and came back and tried again and failed,” he says. “It’s about trial and error and I don’t know if I’m ready for that yet. Fashion’s definitely really important, but I got to make sure I’m ready for the failing part of it because I know that comes with it. It’s not easy. It’s not like putting out an album.”
So with not one, but three menswear collections potentially coming to stores near you, what are you most excited about?
By Bridie Wilkins