ICONS OF STYLE
THE TALENTED ACTOR FROM MR ROBOT IS FORGING ANOTHER REPUTATION AS A NEXT- GEN MENSWEAR ICON.
Rami Malek from Mr Robot is a modern day style icon
On page 138 of this issue we pay homage to a much recognised fashion icon for men in Steve Mcqueen, who has inspired one of our main shoots with his timeless style, but in this regular department upfront we instead pay tribute to a younger, modern-day torch carrier for menwear in American-egyptian actor Rami Malek.
As the star of cultish TV series Mr Robot, Malik plays a “cyber-security engineer by day, and a vigilante hacker by night” opposite 1980s heartthrob Christian Slater. The role earned Malek an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series at the 2016 awards.
Before Mr Robot, Malek had a long list of TV and film credits, including his debut in the Gilmore Girls and playing King Ahkmenrah in three Night At The Museum films.
But it’s away from the day job that Malek caught our eye when we saw photos from the 2016 Met Gala Ball, the annual fundraiser for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute that has turned into one of the world’s premier celebrity fashion parades.
There was Malek in an awesomely fitted midnight blue tux, basically taking the cake as the best dressed man of the evening. It quickly led to some Google imaging of this chap we didn’t know much about which revealed that – hell’s bells – the dude is one of the snappiest, doesn’t-put-a-foot-wrong male celebrity dressers we’ve seen in a long time.
Patterned bombers, velvet jackets, check suits with black shirt and tie, statement coats over textured knits in interesting designs. Your Goslings and Skarsgards might get more attention but Mr Malek has a serious eye for how to put the right look together.
Malek’s fashion chops were confirmed when he starred alongside Boy George and A$AP Rocky (what a trio) in the latest Dior Homme campaign.
At this year’s Screen Actors’ Guild Awards he reinforced the union in the suit pictured above, saying on the red carpet: ”I’m wearing Dior. This was designed by their designer Kris Van Assche. I saw it in one of the runway shows and said, ‘Boom. Please send it.’”
Malek was also spotted this year at Paris Fashion Week, emphasising he’s no slouch when it comes to fashion knowledge.
He’s also been announced to play Freddie Mercury in a Bryan Singer production, Bohemian Rhapsody, about the days leading up to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985.
Watch this space on Mr Malek, he’s style and substance combined.