This story is a part of Picture challenge 9, “Operate” a sonic and visible reminder that there ain’t no social gathering like an L.A. social gathering. Learn the total challenge right here.

In a downtown Los Angeles studio, stylist and designer Marquise Miller is concentrated on the duty at hand: styling. Not his regular Rolodex of purchasers, which incorporates Oscar nominee and director Shaka King, Syd from the Web, Massive Sean, Hit-Boy and Jaden Smith. As we speak, Miller is styling himself. His thoughts is racing as he paces the room, determining what he’ll put on first. He lays and hangs items from his private wardrobe over an industrial clothes rack: worn Dickies, earth-tone and tie-dye sweaters, Gucci loafers, quilted pants. You possibly can see his mind making connections, sifting this texture and that shade, this materials and that dimension, this high and that backside, this piece of jewellery and people kicks. He rummages by way of all of the issues solely to nearly persist with the precise outfit he arrived sporting, however calls up a darkish denim jacket for the wanted layer. The bucket hat must work for an additional look. “Scrumptious,” he concludes.

Marquise Miller — pictured in ROCAWEAR VINTAGE T-SHIRT, COOL & CASUAL STUDIOS BLAZER, STUDIO PATCHWERK SKIRT and UNION PASSPORT NIKE DUNKS — is all vibes. “I make folks really feel particular with garments,” he says.

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There won’t be a greater time period to explain Miller’s signature method to fashion. A scrumptious look, to him, is each cozy and attractive. Standing within the mirror, he examines himself with confidence. He flips on Gunna’s new album, “DS4EVER.” Marquise Miller is all vibes. “I make folks really feel particular with garments,” he tells me.

Miller was born in L.A. and raised in Hawthorne. Fabulous Burger, the South Bay Galleria, Fox Hills Mall (earlier than the Westfield Procuring Middle rebrand) and the Beverly Middle have been all staples of his youth. He went to Los Angeles County Excessive College for the Arts as a theater child who had goals of appearing, however he additionally grew up paying shut consideration to costume design. He studied the works of Ruth Carter. “I noticed how vital wardrobe is. Should you consider ‘Malcolm X,’ if you happen to consider ‘Jungle Fever,’ if you happen to consider any of those iconic films that Ruth Carter has put her palms on, you do not forget that wardrobe,” he says. Whereas working at My 2 Cents for chef Alisa Reynolds, whom he names as his mentor, he determined to surrender appearing and give attention to fashion. Miller’s Room was born in 2016 “as a technique to gasoline my artistic juices.”

Miller’s Room initially landed at Melrose Buying and selling Submit. As we speak, in an enlargement from its authentic touchdown, Miller’s Room is each a sourced classic vendor that exhibits up as a pop-up throughout L.A. and a styling service that books personal appointments. Miller hosts talks with different creatives he admires and has a sequence, “Within the Mode,” which runs on the Soho Home Warehouse. In February, Miller and his workforce produced a market — an area for procuring, meals, dancing and “scrumptious vibes.”

Designer Marquise Miller at his studio in DLTA on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

Shoppers rent Miller for his heat vibes, his “eager eye” and “my confidence,” he says. Right here, he wears a TLZ L’FEMME TOP and TODD ALEXANDER HAT.

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Finally, Miller sees the observe of gathering, curating and styling garments as related to his want to carve out areas for neighborhood to convene and for conversations to happen.

Fashion is about elevation, he jogs my memory. It’s not nearly feeling cozy and attractive. It’s about discovering the fitting steadiness of cozy, attractive and funky.

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Darian Harvin: When folks rent you to fashion them, what’s the factor that they’re hiring you for?

Marquise Miller: My vitality and the boldness behind the look. My eager eye. My confidence. The way in which I carry life to [each] set.

DH: What do you imagine is the important thing to being an amazing stylist?

MM: I method it like a server. Customer support. I’m right here to offer the shopper what they need but additionally elevate it.

DH: What would you say is your fashion philosophy?

MM: I need to really feel cozy, and comfy.

Designer Marquise Miller outside his studio in DLTA on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

“Good socks could make you are feeling good from the underside to the highest,” Miller says. Right here, he wears MILLERS ROOM QUILTED PANTS and UNION PASSPORT NIKE DUNKS.

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DH: It’s 9 a.m., you’re preparing for a day of conferences. Possibly you could have a method session, and a shoot later. What are you sporting that day?

MM: Cozy. It’s snug socks, first. Snug socks, snug underwear. I like microfiber underwear from Calvin Klein, cozy Heattech socks from Uniqlo, and perhaps pair of snug classic Levi denims, and a snug undershirt, ideally single sew, and a jacket for later, or a hoodie. I’ve inserts inside all of my sneakers. I wish to be snug during.

DH: What can good socks do for an outfit?

MM: Good socks could make you are feeling good from the underside to the highest. Buying and selling Submit by Dr. Collectors, Marni, Todd Alexander all have good socks.

DH: When have you learnt that you just’ve noticed sweatshirt?

MM: An incredible sweatshirt will make you are feeling actually assured, like Martine Rose sweatshirt.

Designer Marquise Miller at his studio in DLTA on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA.

How did Miller be taught to belief his eye? “It begins with self. Trusting my intentions. I’ve to belief myself first,“ he says. Right here, he’s pictured in VINTAGE LEVI’S JEANS, GAP JEAN JACKET from MILLER’S ROOM and GUCCI SHOES.

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DH: How do you employ jewellery to raise your fashion?

MM: I like very minimalist jewellery. I am going to the ’hood to get my gold necklaces, like Slauson Swap Meet. But additionally, I put on Jewellery by Chen. I’m sporting some for this shoot.

DH: It’s a Monday evening and also you’re headed to See You Quickly. What are you sporting?

MM: Leather-based. Classic leather-based pants from Miller’s Room. My new Union Dunks that nobody can get their palms on. Then perhaps a silk cropped Pimples high.

Designer Marquise Miller outside his studio in DLTA on Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 in Los Angeles, CA. “I like to buy with different classic shops,” he says. “Cool & Informal Studios, New Mattress Stuy. I additionally like Dover Road Market. I like Bodega. However I additionally actually get pleasure from Silver Lake Flea Market. I like Rerock — it’s one other actually superb classic retailer. Terminal 27.”

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DH: The place do you want to buy in L.A.?

MM: I like to buy with different classic shops, Cool & Informal Studios, New Mattress Stuy. I additionally like Dover Road Market. I like Bodega. However I additionally actually get pleasure from Silver Lake Flea Market. I like Rerock, it’s one other actually superb classic retailer. Terminal 27.

DH: How did you be taught to belief your personal eye?

MM: It begins with self. Trusting my intentions. I’ve to belief myself first.

Darian Symoné Harvin is the Magnificence Editor at Giant of Picture journal. She was born in Lengthy Seashore, Calif., grew up in Buffalo, N.Y., and lives in Los Angeles.

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