We're nearing the end of 2018, but it looks like it's only in the later half that we're seeing a fresh crop of style icons. If Timothée Chalamet is single-handedly making a strong case for suits for a new generation this year, fellow actor Ezra Miller has seemingly come out of nowhere to remind us all that fashion shouldn't be taken too seriously.
You might recognise Miller from his stellar performance as a troubled teenager in 2011's We Need to Talk About Kevin (a movie adaptation of the book of the same name and in our opinion, is a highly recommended read), starring alongside the equally iconic Tilda Swinton. Miller then gained popularity for his breakout role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower the following year, and went on to being cast as the DC Extended Universe's The Flash. Yet his role as Credence Barebone, an abused young wizard in the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise, has arguably put him in an even greater spotlight. The Harry Potter universe is in a league of its own, after all.
In promoting Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Miller has taken a more fashion-forward and definitely gender-neutral approach to fashion. He's dressed in voluminous dresses, body-skimming skirts and flashy coats. Basically, having a whole load of fun and pushing style boundaries, while looking exceptional.
Miller appeared at a red carpet premier dressed in Moncler's collaboration with Pierpaolo Piccioli—a padded nun-like fit that we never thought would see the light of day beyond the pages of a fashion editorial—looking like an avant garde Dementor. And days later, wore an ornately feathered Givenchy Haute Couture look that's topped off with silver makeup and 'Avada Kedavra' inked onto his palms. Brilliant.
What's amazing (but a non-issue) is that both looks are essentially part of the womenswear collections. Which just goes to show that in 2018, it's less about what 'gender' your clothes are supposed to be and more about expanding your idea of what fashion is. And Ezra Miller is the one truly fantastic beast that can get us there.
Bonus look: Ezra Miller as Toadette at Comic-Con 2018.