Music's Men of Style: Miguel Wishes He Could Raid Miles Davis' 1980s Closet

Miller Mobley
Miguel photographed by Miller Mobley on Aug. 3, 2015 at the Jane Hotel and Ballroom in New York City.

Don't ask Miguel Jontel Pimentel to pick favorites. "They're all layers of my personality; I love each of them for different reasons," says the 29-year-old Grammy-winning R&B vocalist of the three looks he slipped into at his Billboard photo shoot in New York. There was the upscale-grunge Saint Laurent wool shirt, the sensual leather Costume National pants and salmon-hued silk button-down -- but, ultimately, the "more played up" Baja East patterned shearling coat got him jumping on the Jane Hotel's plush velvet sofa like Tom Cruise in love.

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While the California-born artist's sexy rock'n'roll aesthetic has been confidently on display as he tours in support of Wildheart, his most recent album, his sultry style has been a process of discovery. "It took me a long time of studying and absorbing what fashion really is to find my own perspective," he says.

 

The end result has left Miguel, who has sold more than 1.1 million albums, according to Nielsen Music, with more than just a killer wardrobe. "It has made a tremendous impact on how much and how many people I have connected with."

Closet He'd Raid

" '80s Miles Davis; it just doesn't get any better. He took it there -- the accessories, the colors, the boldness. And it was lived -- his look wasn't just for show, it was part of his on- and offstage life."

Will Never Part With

"My dad's old Levi's denim jacket. It's faded blue, super washed out and ­perfectly worn in. The lapel is all frayed, and the buttons are hanging on for dear life. It has a beautiful red and black lining that shows through on the outside because it has all these holes."

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Favorite Designer

"Ennio Capasa from Costume National. [Saint Laurent creative director] Hedi Slimane is one of the best right now, but in time Costume National is going to be a real special brand."

Go-To Stores

"Opening Ceremony is always a good one. If I'm going shopping for leisure-wear, it's from thrift stores, which I'm never giving away. In Los Angeles, that shit is sacred."

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