In a downtown Los Angeles studio, stylist and designer Marquise Miller focuses on her mission: styling. Not his normal rolodex of clients, which include Oscar nominee and director Shaka King, Internet Syd, Big Sean, Hit-Boy and Jaden Smith. Today, Miller is styling himself. His mind is racing as he paces the room wondering what to wear first. He lays and hangs pieces of his personal wardrobe over an industrial clothing rack: worn Dickies, earth toned and tie-dyed sweaters, Gucci loafers, quilted trousers. You can see his brain making connections, sifting through that texture and that color, that material and that size, that top and that bottom, that jewel and those kicks. He rummages through everything just to pretty much stick to the exact outfit he arrived in, but calls out a dark denim jacket for the needed layer. The bucket hat must work for a different look. “Yummy,” he concludes.
There is perhaps no better term to describe Miller’s signature approach to style. For him, a delicious look is both cozy and sexy. Standing in the mirror, he looks at himself confidently. He tunes in to Gunna’s new album DS4EVER. Marquise Miller is all vibes. “I make people feel special with clothes,” he tells me.
Miller was born in LA and grew up in Hawthorne. Fabulous Burger, the South Bay Galleria, Fox Hills Mall (before the Westfield Shopping Center was rebranded), and the Beverly Center were all staples of its formative years. He attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts as a theater kid who dreamed of acting, but he also grew up with a keen attention to costume design. He studied the works of Ruth Carter. “I realized how important wardrobe is. If you think of Malcolm X, if you think of Jungle Fever, if you think of one of those cult films that Ruth Carter got her hands on, you remember this wardrobe,” he says. While working at My 2 Cents for chef Alisa Reynolds, whom he credits as his mentor, he decided to quit acting and focus on fashion. Miller’s Room was created in 2016 “to stimulate my creativity”.
Miller’s Room originally ended up at the Melrose Trading Post. Today, in an extension from its original landing, Miller’s Room is both a vintage seller popping up across LA and a styling service booking private appointments. Miller moderates conversations with other creatives he admires and has an In the Mode series running at the Soho House Warehouse. In February Miller and his team produced a market – a place for shopping, eating, dancing and delicious vibes.
Ultimately, Miller connects the practice of collecting, curating, and styling clothing with his desire to create spaces where communities can gather and conversations can take place.
Style is about elevation, he reminds me. It’s not just about feeling comfortable and sexy. It’s all about finding the right balance between cozy, sexy and cool.
Darian Harvin: When people hire you to style them, what are they hiring you for?
Marquis Mueller: My energy and confidence behind the look. my keen eye. my confidence The way I bring life [each] set.
DH: What do you think is the key to a great stylist?
MM: I approach him like a server. Customer service. I’m here to give the customer what they want, but also to improve it.
DH: What would you say is your style philosophy?
MM: I want to feel comfortable and comfortable.
DH: It’s 9 am, you’re getting ready for a day of meetings. Maybe you have a style consultation and later a shoot. What are you wearing that day?
MM: Cozy. It’s comfortable socks first. Comfortable socks, comfortable underwear. I like Calvin Klein microfiber underwear, cozy Uniqlo Heattech socks, and maybe a good pair of comfy vintage Levi jeans and a comfy undershirt, preferably single-seams, and a jacket for later or a hoodie. I have insoles in all my shoes. I like being comfortable all the way.
DH: What can good socks do for an outfit?
MM: Good socks can make you feel comfortable from bottom to top. Trading post of Dr. Collectors, Marni, death Alexander All have good socks.
DH: When do you know you’ve spotted a good sweatshirt?
MM: A great sweatshirt makes you feel really confident, as does a good Martine Rose sweatshirt.
DH: How do you use jewelry to enhance your style?
MM: I like very minimalist jewelry. I go to the hood to get my gold necklaces like Slauson Swap Meet. But I wear it too jewelry by Chen. I’m wearing some for this shoot.
DH: It’s Monday night and you’re on your way to See you soon. what are you wearing
MM: Leather. Vintage leather trousers from Miller’s Room. My new union dunks that nobody can get their hands on. Then maybe a silk Acne top.
DH: Where do you like to shop in LA?
MM: I like to shop at other vintage stores, Cool & casual studios, New bed Stuy. I also like Dover street market. I like winery. But I also enjoy it very much Flea market at Silbersee. I like Rerock, it’s another really great vintage shop. clamp 27.
DH: How did you learn to trust your own eye?
MM: It starts with myself. Confidence in my intentions. I have to trust myself first.
Darian Symoné Harvin is Beauty Editor at Large for Image magazine. She was born in Long Beach, California, grew up in Buffalo, NY and lives in Los Angeles.
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