Zayn Malik Talks Sunglasses Design, His Fall Fashion Mood and His Upcoming Album


Since Zayn Malik welcomed his first child, daughter Khai, with Gigi Hadid in September last year, the star has been keeping a low profile and enjoying life as a new parent. But now he’s back in work mode with a slew of exciting new projects, including a fashion collab and an upcoming album. First, his collaboration with eyewear company Arnette, which is out today.

The range of optical styles features elegant basics and assertive shapes, which are inspired by (and named after) retro cars. The streamlined “Gullwing” shades, for example, designed in a clear rectangular shape, are inspired by the Mercedes-Benz vehicle of the same name, while the round and pink “Drophead” shades refer to the bold Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Cut. But the garage wasn’t his only influence. “Inspiration came from a few different places,” says Zayn. “Arnette really liked the album cover of [my album] nobody listens, so there was a lot of inspiration drawn from that. I also really wanted to give the collection a more 90s retro feel.”

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Making the collection stylish was of course important to Zayn, but an angle of sustainability was just as important. The styles were all made using only bio-based materials, including all acetates and lenses. “It’s important for all of us to be mindful of the environment,” he says.

This fall, Zayn says he’ll definitely wear his own sunglasses, but for clothes, he’ll experiment with a more edgy look. “I think the grunge look is sick. Very into that aesthetic right now,” he says. “For fall, I’ll also be wearing activewear and smart-casual jeans and t-shirts.” As for the brands he watches, “I’m always open to working with pieces from new brands and independent designers,” he says. (In the past, he regularly wore brands like Bode.)

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When asked if he’s a collector of any particular thing, Zayn says he’s more of a Democrat when it comes to shopping for his wardrobe. “I’m quite particular when it comes to style, as I see it as a form of personal expression,” he says. “For me, it’s not really about collecting anything specific. It’s more about collecting pieces that look like me and look good.

Now that he’s finished his design work, Zayn says his next big project will be returning to the studio to finish that long-awaited next album. “I always write and record. I’m currently working on my next record,” he says. “I plan to release this album differently than I’ve done before, so that’s exciting.” And no, there is no release date yet, you will have to wait.

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