Some choice bits from the Aus i-D interview with fashion designer Ingrid Verner…
I feel disappointed that we don’t have a fashion community with a better sense of identity. New Zealand has a better fashion scene in the sense of having a certain style or look. As Australians we’re known for offering something already on show, or being influenced by the rest of the world, which are things I was thinking about with Eat Cake.
Our sense of self is stuck in the 80s - our consistent referencing of native flora and fauna for instance. But when we look at a more present Australia devoid of the cliches we get into trouble. There are really diverse communities in Melbourne, we have the ability to experience other places and things. Not a lot of that is reflected in our fashion.
Ten years ago I found out my great grandmother was Aboriginal, but it was sort of covered up by the family. That’s where White Wash came from, thinking about how we whitewash things. I think about how it was hidden, it made me think about racism as something a bit more deeply seeded.
I don’t think Australians like to reflect on things like identity and culture. We have issue defining our own identity, but we enjoy it. We love the multicultural aspects of our city, the food, the great music, the great variety. But I’m not sure we like to do much more.
It got me to thinking about how a lot of Australians are like that: we’re going to move to New York or wherever because we’re bored. Are we bored because we’re not truly involved in the culture? Why do we continuously feel that we want to move away? I know Australians feel this disconnection from the rest of the world, but we have a lot of incredible aspects to our culture and lifestyle. I get bored by peoples’ boredom.
"It is fascinating when a boy in a boy band does not do what he has been told, and in that regard Zayn Malik is a fascinating character. Half Pakistani, he’s the hot one, and the only gesture toward diversity in what is otherwise a lily-white band. He would—or will—be the breakout star, the one with a solo career.
He’s also the only one capable of doing things with his voice that go beyond an above-average high-school musical theater performance. Zayn gets the soulful-ish, croony moments that Justin Timberlake got to sing for ’N Sync and he handles them nicely” (Observer.com)
“The album doesn’t take any particular vocal risks, with the exception of Zayn Malik, who experiences a few breakout moments” (Teenink.com)
“You can tell that Zayn Malik is straining to put his best vocals forward for this song. And like P!nk, Adam Lambert, and Kelly Clarkson herself have demonstrated, verging ever-so-close to the edge of your vocal power produces incredible results. Malik’s voice is perfectly toned for a song backed by dance music” (Huffingtonpost)
“Likewise, the album features Zayn Malik’s sultry solos and long winded notes in songs like “Change My Mind” that can land a fangirl in cardiac arrest and leave a casual listener thoroughly impressed” (Newuniversity.org)
“Zayn Malik has got the most searched-for male celebrity style online.The One Direction heartthrob, envied for his impressive quiff and snazzy dress sense, has knocked his fellow band mate Harry Styles off the top spot” (tv3)
“Zayn is the sharpest edge of one direction. He’s the one you know will be investigating high fashion when the boy band turns to man. already you can see the experimentation with grooming, the mega hair, the interest in fit, cut and movement. He likes the limelight, it likes him and he’s always dressed for it. There’s no more sleek and deadly combination in a young pop turn” (Luke Day,GQ fashion director)
“Yes, they put one of the band members in drag, and it wasn’t weirdly sexist or homophobic. In fact, he plays it straight. Zayn Malik, in the role of “Veronica”, is just as beautiful as a woman as he is as a man” (dailydot.com)
“Zayn soon presented himself as the great voice behind the band, standing up considerably on the live stage” (The Advertiser)
“Track 7 (Tell Me A Lie): There are only two words I can say to describe what made this song so fantastic; Zayn Malik. His solos, and some minor from Harry Styles, completely carry a song that could’ve been not so great to brilliant” (thesouthernnews.org)
“Mr. Malik, who is of Pakistani descent on his father’s side, is the group’s only nonwhite member, and also the most flamboyant singer. Onstage he was also the most serious, a stoic amid imps — wearing his clothes a little more loosely and walking with more of a strut than his peppy bandmates” (The New York Times)
“… What’s more interesting is everything Spurlock edited out… he doesn’t dare broach the idea that half-Pakistani heartthrob Zayn Malik deserves to take a second bow for being the world’s first Tiger Beat Muslim. (And a third bow for patiently enduring accusations that he’s a terrorist.) His story would make a fascinating documentary. Only this time, let Werner Herzog direct it” (LA Weekly)
“Of the five, Harry Styles stands out for his Jaggeresque squints, as does Zayn Malik, whose features are so doe like and fine he could double for a young Audrey Hepburn” (NY daily news)
“It’s hard not to notice that Zayn Malik seems to handle nearly all the most demanding vocal parts in concert, while also getting the least amount of face time amid the backstage hijinks. A retiring, heavily tattooed practicing Muslim who pursues graffiti art in his spare time, Malik gradually emerges as the most intriguing subject of the five, as well as the most underserved by the film’s function as a purely promotional product” (Variety.com)
“I think Zayn is an incredibly good actor for a start and he’s got an amazing sense of humor and is one of the most lovely people you’ll ever meet, and I think people have the perception that he’s this sort of dark, moody character” (Ben Winston mtv.com)
“Cowell has made a very smart move in moving the boys onto the big screen as soon as he has. Who knows how long the One Direction phenomenon will last, before Zayn does a Robbie” (itv)
“People know that Zayn is a wonderful singer and that the guy is incredibly talented—but he’s a really great artist as well. He’s fantastically artistic. He’s got a graffiti studio in his house and that’s just how he unwinds. He has friends over and he listens to music and he paints and he hangs out. For him, there’s nothing more important than being home and being surrounded by people that he loves. There’s something really wonderful about that” (Morgan Spurlock, Teen Vogue))
“Zayn Malik appeared to be either the “shy” or possibly just “no-nonsense” member of the group, an attitude that caused him to mostly be forgotten on stage until his many vocal solos. But he surely saved up all his mojo for those moments: Malik has easily set himself apart by showing the most vocal talent. His solos ranged from soft falsettos to belting ending rifts that could compare to the R&B voices of Usher or Miguel” (utsandiego.com)
ZAYN MALIK GETTING THE CREDIT HE DESERVES Teen ink Huffingtonpost New University tv3 Examiner The Daily Dot The Advertiser Southern news NY TImes LA weekly NY daily news Variety MTV itv Teen Vogue UT San Diego (via zaynsiempre)
ALL I CAN SAY IS I WANT TO SEE THE WERNER HERZOG DOCUMENTARY ABOUT ZAYN. I WANT IT NOW.