The 23-year-old spoke with GQ about his ever-evolving style and what he wants to achieve in the fashion industry.

“It’s about being happy to look a bit scruffy,” he said of his look. “I just got into the whole rock sort of feel to clothes, big boots, skinny jeans, and dark T-shirt, and rings. Just the grungy feel.”

Malik discussed his new partnership with Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti on a pair of boots, incorporating their shared love of edgy fashion. “Style is not being afraid to be bold about some things, or to say what it is you have to say,” he explained. “I feel like Giuseppe does that with his collection and I try to do that with my music. So it kind of works.”

This isn’t he singer’s only fashion enterprise; he’s also released a 26-piece capsule collection for the Great Upscale Merch Revival to go along with his album Mind of Mine.

When asked about his fashion goals, Malik offered a rambling, introspective mission statement advocating exploring and incorporating all creative industries. Because for him, it’s all one canvas.

“I’m being very, like, blessed at the minute by God or whoever it is, fate or whatever, so um, there’s a lot of offers come our way at the minute with different things to do with fashion,” he said. “And hopefully I get to get involved in all of them. I’d love to just continually have a presence, because I feel like it’s very heavily tied into music and the image and the fashion, and it’s all kind of one thing. So you kinda gotta be in there, I guess.”

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