Billy Porter’s show-stopping look for the 2020 Oscars was “all about royalty”.
The Pose star shut down the red carpet on Sunday night when he arrived at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles in a custom Giles Deacon creation, which featured a voluminous graphic skirt and a sleeveless, feathered bodice.
He completed the look, which he told the New York Times was “all about royalty”, with custom Jimmy Choo heels, minimal make-up, and embellished glasses.
However, for his performance with Janelle Monae to open the Academy Awards, Porter changed into a ’70s-inspired red two-piece, complete with an extravagant gold embellished floor-length coat, to sing Elton John’s track I’m Still Standing.
The 50-year-old topped off the ensemble with an ethical and sustainable Diamond Foundry necklace from Lark & Berry, which his stylist Sam Ratelle insisted was the perfect finishing touch to his onstage outfit.
“When I saw this stunning Lark & Berry x Diamond Foundry necklace, I knew that it was the perfect shining accent to his performance look,” he told InStyle. “The fact that it is ethical and sustainable with cultured diamonds only makes it even more special and important to wear at an occasion like the Academy Awards. Looking good and doing good doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive.”
And the stylist has big plans for Porter, as he wants to encourage more designers to be open to creating gowns for men.
“The last two years have been about getting to this point. Now that we’re here, it’s the next place to go,” Ratelle added.
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