Choreographer, model, and writer Malik Nashad Sharpe from London, feels similarly about fluid fashion: “I think the way I dress, and style and gender and personality, is about freedom, freedom to do your own thing and find your own path in the world.”
According to Malik, “Freedom is about potential to be who you want to be.” Perhaps that’s why, when I ask them about their fashion influences, they give me two very American references: New York, the city they’re originally from and a city filled with so many types of people. Think big t-shirts and baggy jeans, or activewear – like “underwear as outerwear” brand Les Boys Les Girls, says Malik of how New York manifests in their style.
The second influence is rockstars, which comes through in Malik’s love of punk, ripped clothes and emo aesthetics, but also glamour (see body con dresses). “There’s no one uniform rockstar look or definition of what a rockstar is,” which is partly what makes it fluid, Malik says, “but at the same time, it’s about being your own person.”