— zayn (@zaynmalik) August 11, 2016
Zayn Malik is a budding style star with a blossoming resume: a supermodel girlfriend in Gigi Hadid, front row seating at fashion shows, fashion-y merch, and now a collaboration with footwear designer Giuseppe Zanotti. In the middle of a GQ story, the publication reveals that the former Complex cover star is collaborating on (at least) a pair of boots with the designer.
Malik apparently loves biker boots so much he wanted to create his own pair and started collaborating with Zanotti during Paris Fashion Week last year. “Style is not being afraid to be bold about some things, or to say what it is you have to say,” Malik told GQ. “I feel like Giuseppe does that with his collection—and I try to do that with my music. So it kind of works.”
After the story was released, Malik then went on social media to confirm the collaboration. He posted an image of him on a decaying staircase wearing a pair of the boots he presumably worked on with Zanotti in black.
This is a big time co-sign for Malik as he continues to progress deeper into the fashion world. Zanotti has collaborated with other fashionable musicians like Kanye West, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, and Jennifer Lopez—Malik is now among great company.
The collection is set to hit stores in January, according to Fashionista.