Billy Porter rocks motorised hat to 2020 Grammy Awards

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja E…

Billy Porter made a serious style statement at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday night.

The Pose star stepped out onto the red carpet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing a custom blue crystal-studded flare jumpsuit and cropped jacket from Baja East designer Scott Studenberg.

Porter accessorised with a Judith Leiber bag, Alexis Bittar bling, and Coach boots, but it was his matching headgear, made by Sarah Sokol Millinery, which received the most attention, with the item featuring a layer of silver fringe draped across the front that could be opened and closed using a remote control from Smooth Technologies.

Speaking to E! News during the pre-show, Porter’s stylist Sam Ratelle explained that he was inspired to get creative with the 50-year-old’s accessories after seeing Billie Eilish sport a bonnet-style headpiece with veil to the 2019 American Music Awards in November.

“It really originated from the moment Billy had with Billie Eilish at the VMAs. She wore this beautiful Burberry hat, designer tissue and a bonnet with a beekeeper’s net. (Porter) said, ‘I love that hat,’ but he was like, ‘There’s no way I’m covering my face,'” he recalled. “So, I found these incredible hats designed by Scott Studenberg from Baja East, and they have fringe coming down pretty much covering the face and they’re so dramatic.

“There’s a clicker that I’ve been holding as I trail down the carpet and every time he gives me the signal to open the hat then I open the hat.”

Meanwhile, Studenberg took to Instagram to share a string of images of the outfit and noted that he was thrilled with the final ensemble.

“Thank you, @theebillyporter for always welcoming my crazy ideas with objective positivity. All I’ve ever wanted to do is make art, so this is a dream. These moments don’t happen magically. It takes a strong support system, planning and countless hours of hard work and sleepless nights – many times even until the very last minute,” the designer praised.

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John Targon joins Marc Jacobs – report

Baja East co-founder and creative director John Targon has reportedly joined the Marc Jacobs team.Editors at Business of Fashion report that the designer is going to the “creative director of contemporary” at Jacobs’ lower-priced category, starting fro…

Baja East co-founder and creative director John Targon has reportedly joined the Marc Jacobs team.

Editors at Business of Fashion report that the designer is going to the “creative director of contemporary” at Jacobs’ lower-priced category, starting from 2 February (18), with parent company Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) confirming his appointment but not Targon’s role within the business.

“We are happy to welcome John to our design team,” a spokesperson said.

Targon, who earned his fashion stripes at Celine, has not yet commented on his new role, but sources told Business of Fashion he’ll be bringing in his own team, which has supposedly led to lay-offs at Marc Jacobs.

He started ‘it label’ Baja East with Scott Studenberg in 2013, and it wasn’t long before stars like Lady Gaga, Hailee Steinfeld, and Demi Lovato were wearing their garments.

The design duo also recently featured as guest stars on the latest series of America’s Next Top Model.

Talking about how he likes to design for women of all ages, Targon previously told StyleCaster:

“Our base of customers is quite broad – we have everyone from working mothers in their 40s, 50s, and 60s to kids who are in college or just getting jobs who love fashion who are saving up to buy one of our sweatshirts or dresses. There is someone who wants a gator coat from us. There is someone who wants a floor-length cashmere parka – Gaga ordered four of them from us custom.”

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