Welcome to our column, "Hey, Quick Question," where we investigate seemingly random happenings in the fashion industry. Enjoy!
Ever since Zayn Malik ditched One Direction to take on his own solo musical career, he's turned to the fashion industry to revamp his image and his pop culture cred, pulling away from the confines of his former boy band past. The methodical steps he's taken so far have deemed successful: the Instamodel girlfriend (Gigi Hadid), a photo shoot with Vogue (with said girlfriend), a Met Gala red carpet appearance (again, with Hadid), a line of "Mind of Mine" merch and a slew of recent magazines covers that almost blur together as one because they all look the same. (At least he's sticking with his #brand, right?)
So where can Malik go from here? He's already close with a few high-end creative directors, including Olivier Rousteing of Balmain and Kim Jones of Louis Vuitton's men's line, so becoming the face of a major fashion house could surely be in his future. But, according to a recent interview with GQ, it looks like Malik is going for the designer role instead. Are we expecting the singer's first fashion collaboration soon? In 2017, yes, with Giuseppe Zanotti.
For GQ's profile, Malik models the Italian luxury brand's footwear in a decrepit and tiny sea shanty. (An exclusive preview, as described by its press team in an email to Fashionista.) "Style is not being afraid to be bold about some things, or to say what it is you have to say," Zayn says to GQ, who first met Zanotti at Paris Fashion Week last year to work on a pair of biker boots. "I feel like Giuseppe does that with his collection — and I try to do that with my music. So it kind of works."
Upon the publication's release on Thursday morning, Malik took to Instagram and Twitter to promote the hashtag #GiuseppexZayn, which follows the same format as Zanotti's latest collaboration with Jennifer Lopez. (Zanotti is no stranger to teaming up with musical artists, having done custom designs for Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Beyoncé, among others.) Though the footwear brand's team couldn't release further details, the only style from Malik's upcoming capsule range that's been revealed thus far is from the singer's photo above — a pair of black suede boots with side zippers. The collection will be available in stores in January.
Of course fans are already freaking out with excitement over the tiny sliver of news surrounding Malik. And we advise they start saving up for the remainder of the year, too. By the looks of the GQ shoot's style credits (priced between $695 and $995), this footwear range will probably cost a pretty penny.