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Huge press tours mean multiple appearances from the cast. Fashion is one way to distinguish between events, ensuring attention levels remain high. In the past, Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence were the style standouts during the Hunger Games hoopla. This year the Black Panther cast delivered time and time again. Star Wars is another franchise scoring high sartorially. For the Fantastic Beasts cast, Zoë Kravitz and Eddie Redmayne may often feature on Best Dressed lists — Redmayne has modeled for Burberry and Kravitz has worked with YSL Beauty — but it is Ezra Miller who has been getting all the fashion headlines.
First up, he stunned in Paris sporting fall 2018 ready-to-wear Moncler x Pierpaolo Piccioli collab, which debuted in Milan earlier this year. This puff coat gown and cape look like a Dalek from Doctor Who stumbled into Uniqlo to find a winter jacket. There is nothing subtle about this, and Miller knows this. Bold fashion moves aren’t for everyone, and there are few people who would look this comfortable on the red carpet in this garment. Another is Tilda Swinton, who played Miller's mother in We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Miller chooses a great autumnal deep berry shade lipstick to top this goth look off. There have been many suggestions regarding what this gown looks like, but Miller referred to it as “The Pawn” to Miss Vogue. Let’s play a human-sized game of chess with everyone dressed in puffer attire.
From black to white, Miller went for a more Harry Potter universe theme at the London premiere, turning to Hedwig for inspiration in fall 2018 Givenchy Haute Couture. The brand reached out to Miller with the womenswear collection on offer, but he made sure that no birds were killed to make this garment, telling Miss Vogue his reaction after he found they had not: “Yayyy. Thanks for the feathers, birds — I see you out there."
Written on his hands is the infamous Avada Kedavra killing curse, which also brings focus to the owl thumb ring he is wearing. Dude knows his Potter, but hopefully none of that ink ended up on his white pants, as he will definitely need a spell to get that stain out.
As with Paris, Miller doesn’t just rest on his clothing laurels. He has the hair and makeup game to match. Here he injects glam rock into the proceedings with silver frosted tips, cheeks, and lips.
Surprising fans at a screening in London requires less couture, but even Miller’s non-red carpet attire is fun and on theme. An Avada Kedavra killing curse tee pairs nicely with a skeleton suit.
Bonus shout-out to Katherine Waterston for the fabulous leopard print coat and Claudia Kim in a stunning bold purple Roksanda Illinčić suit.
A big press tour means plenty of magazine interviews as well. Miller covers the Next Gen issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and it is important to have someone like Miller being not only this visible but this in demand. Miller identifies as queer, explaining to the magazine, “Yeah, absolutely. Which is to say, I don't identify. Like, f*ck that. Queer just means no, I don't do that. I don't identify as a man. I don't identify as a woman. I barely identify as a human."
The THR shoot features some good outerwear and goat accompanying photos on Miller’s Vermont farm but is the just-released Playboy editorial and interview that taps into the gender-neutral fashion he excels at on the red carpet. Fishnets, size 14 stilettos, jumpsuits, patterned shirts, and bunny ears all feature, it is fabulous af. The Avada Kedavra T-shirt also makes an appearance in the video Playboy released on Instagram.
Miller candidly talks about his own experiences in an abusive relationship and the way he has been treated in Hollywood prior to the Time’s Up movement.
In Fantastic Beasts, Miller’s character Credence is experiencing issues of isolation and struggling with his identity, something he discusses in the interview. “There’s definitely a lot of sexless, lonely time when playing Credence. Absolutely—alone, alone, alone, alone, alone.”
And anyone who wants an update about The Flash will maybe find comfort in this thought from Miller. “It’s one of my great life dreams, and just the fact that we’re on the way—anyone who knows about Barry Allen knows he may arrive late, very late, but once he gets there, it’s all solved. We have to trust.” Far from concrete news about this movie, but it is clear how much this part means a lot to Miller — plus he was the best thing about Justice League, along with Wonder Woman.
Just before the Fantastic Beasts press tour kicked off, Miller also made an appearance at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund event wearing patchwork Bode in an ensemble that is serving up a Teddy Boy cowboy aesthetic, proving once again that Miller can work any lewk.
It is also surprising that Miller has never attended the Met Gala. Hopefully, that will all change in 2019, as the exhibition is inspired by Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay Notes on "Camp," with Lady Gaga, Alessandro Michele, Harry Styles, and Serena Williams co-hosting the seminal fashion event. From Moncler to Givenchy, Miller certainly has the fashion credentials, and he has proved he can work a theme.