Attending the Saint Laurent Spring/Summer 2020 show during Paris Fashion Week, Malek joined the likes of Tommy Dorfman, Ezra Miller and Paul Hameline on the frow, watching Naomi Campbell do what she does best in an Anthony Vaccarello creation. But, while all eyes on were on the catwalk, it was what the Bohemian Rhapsody actor was wearing on his legs that really caught us off guard.
Not one to shy away from trying new things, Malek has become one of the world's best-dressed men over the past year. He's a bonafide advocate for an air tie, alongside Ryan Gosling and Kit Harington, and his shirt game is unrivalled, whether it's scarlet with a matching suit or a shimmery Vaccarello-designed shirt for the 2019 Met Gala. Let's not even start on the epic Wizard Of Oz-esque shiny red-and-black striped boots he also wore on the Met Gala's pink carpet: epic.
Last night, he went hell for leather, sporting a pair of black hide slacks, paired with a black-sheened single-breasted blazer and patent black shirt. And it totally works for us.
While leather trousers had been championed by Presley and Mercury, as well as Keith Richards and Lenny Kravitz, recently they've made a comeback. Largely thanks to brands such as Celine, Coach, Bottega Veneta (headed up by Daniel Lee) and, of course, Saint Laurent, leather slacks are now a thing and not just for Friends fans channelling Ross Geller for Halloween. Even Palace Skateboards are in on it and let's not forget when Kanye West brought them back into the fold during the early years of his marriage to Kim Kardashian.
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