Zayn Malik To Design For Versus Versace

With a Giuseppe Zanotti collaboration already under his belt, Zayn Malik is partnering with Donatella Versace on a range of clothing for both men and women under Versus Versace.

"I think Versus has always been a very cool brand and is a great brand for me and for people in my generation," the famously reticent 23-year-old told the ‘Times’ in an email. “I've always wanted to design clothes and there's no brand I'd rather design for than Versus. I like to learn about things I'm interested in and I enjoy being around creative people so I think it will be cool. The bonus is that I get to collaborate with Donatella, whom I love and admire. I know we'll create something amazing."

“Versus is the rock and roll soul of the Versace family and has always been associated with music,” Ms. Versace told to ‘The New York Times’ during an interview backstage after the recent Versus Versace show during London Fashion Week. “Everyone from the Foo Fighters to Lenny Kravitz has played at the shows, and it is all about rebellion. For me, Zayn was the perfect fit.”

“That said, I was not exactly a fan of that band,” she continued, wrinkling her nose in disdain. “But then I met him again when he started to date Gigi, who I work with all the time. And he impressed me very much — he was so mature, so thoughtful, treated her like such a gentleman. They are very nice young people, a lovely couple, in fact. And then he told me how much he loved fashion. It was then I knew he was the right face for what I had in mind. Many celebrities do clothing lines that just aren’t relevant,” Ms. Versace said with a grin. “This one? It will be. He’s smart to do it with me.”
The men's and women's collection, which will be available in stores and line May 2017, is called Zayn X Versus.

-Devashree Goenka