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Zayn Malik 'planning fashion empire'

Zayn Malik could be planning a comeback on the front of a glossy fashion magazine.

The singer quit One Direction in March because he wanted to be a normal 22 year old, but he's thought to have big career plans. There are rumours of an impending streetwear label, which were compounded when Zayn attended the recent menswear shows in Paris.

It's thought he is tentatively attempting to carve out a fashion career, which would also serve to put his past scandals - such as being accused of cheating on his fiancée Perrie Edwards - behind him.

"I think any news on other, less controversial topics is good to deflect attention, and moving into fashion is a big departure where he can have a completely clean slate. He looks like the big winner right now," PR expert Arek Estall told British magazine Heat.

One fly in the ointment is Zayn's relationship with producer Naughty Boy. The pair appeared close when Zayn left the band and even started working on music together. They trademarked the name Zaughty, a hybrid of their monikers, but it's thought things have since come unstuck as Zayn lashed out at the producer on Twitter yesterday. Calling him a "fat joke", Zayn is understood to be distressed that Naughty Boy posted a video of him online without asking.

Even if this does mean he has to rethink his plans, many believe it won't harm Zayn's style plans too much.

"Expect a big sexy men's fashion mag cover for A/W15, shot by a top photographer, with loads of coverage in the press - he's more sought after than the rest of One Direction now. His story is sexier," an insider told the publication.

It's not the first time the star has been dubbed the most fashion forward of One Direction. He is close to the group's stylist Caroline Watson, who has previously praised him for not being afraid to take a wardrobe risk.

"Zayn was always the cool, mysterious one that was quite street, but could also be quite high fashion," she said earlier this year. "[Zayn will] take the most risks and he'll definitely push it, but it works. He'll have the ponytail, he'll wear the gold belt, he'll wear the creepers and take those chances. He'll wear something a little bit different that sets everything off. He takes fashion risks and it pays off."

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