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21 Questions with…Designer Malia Mills

Malia Mills

We ask swimwear and ready-to-wear designer Malia Mills our 21 questions.

  1. When I get dressed in the morning I think… a kick ass outfit = a kick ass day (and one day I will organize my closet).

  2. I would never leave my home without… an extra thick crazy coat of mascara, my keys and my MetroCard.

  3. The best style advice I ever got was… from my mom who showed me the beauty in the mix of old with new — she never fears spicing up a theme with a rogue element especially one with sentimental value.

  4. gq7a9433-82The item of clothing I'm currently wearing most is… my Malia Mills Olivia Jumpsuit. During a seven day visit to Berlin, who knew a onesie could be worn 6,500 different ways.

  5. When shopping for swimwear it's important to remember… love thy differences — it's our mantra, our mission, our driving force! 

  6. The biggest mistake women make when shopping for swimwear is… focusing on the one perfect suit when really there are dozens of styles to rock. Low rise, hi rise, slim fit, boyfriend baggy, dark denim, faded, colored… Our swimwear should be as varied as our denim.

  7. When it comes to swimwear trends, I think… every gal should own a high-waisted, low-legged retro fabulous brief — badass on everyone.

  8. When I'm stressed I… turn up Pandora.

  9. My beauty essentials include…Neutrogena Face Lotion with SPF, Clinique Moisture Surge with SPF, L'Oreal Carbon Black Voluminous Mascara, Neutrogena Lip Moisturizer with SPF, Eucerin Body Lotion with SPF — yes, obsessed with all things SPF.

  10. I'd never travel without… my passport, my Malia Mills Seductress Maillot, my Malia Mills World Cup Track Pants and35 fabulously heavy magazines.

  11. If my days had one extra hour… I would walk more and take the train less. The streets of New York never cease to amaze.

  12. The last thing I Googled… best wiener schnitzel in Berlin.

  13. The electronic I can't live without is… my iPhone.

  14. When I'm hiring, the qualities I look for most… are those that come from waiting tables like a rock star.

  15. My favorite place to shop is… a hardware store for the hell-yes-you-can attitude and L'Eclaireur in Paris where I splurged on my favorite leather jacket.

  16. I'm always inspired when I… crank very loud big-haired rock.

  17. My guilty pleasure is… uncorking Champagne during a workday — milestones are meant to be celebrated.

  18. I'm dying to splurge on… a spontaneous trip to someplace unexpected and remote — no planning, no packing; just me, my boyfriend, our passports and the next flight from JFK.

  19. On a typical Saturday night I… share a bottle of wine.

  20. If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive… Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Georgia O'Keefe — badass, both of them.

  21. The best thing about summer 2013 is… it is 'effin hot — hell yes!