Billy Porter and Cardi B dominate Google’s 2019 red carpet searches

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot. In recent years, the actor has built up a rep…

Billy Porter and Cardi B have dominated Google’s list of red carpet searches for 2019.

Analysts at the search engine have released their annual Year in Search report, with the Pose star nabbing the top spot.

In recent years, the actor has built up a reputation for his extravagant ensembles, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards in February and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the Met Gala in May.

Cardi landed in second place, with the Bodak Yellow rapper having made some serious sartorial choices in the past 12 months, such as the vintage Mugler ensemble she donned for the Grammy Awards and the oxblood red gown by Thom Browne that she chose for the Met Gala.

Boundary-pushing fashionista Lady Gaga took the third sport, which is perhaps unsurprising considering the interest she garnered online when she sported four different Brandon Maxwell outfits to the Met Gala, as well as a stunning strapless black Alexander McQueen ballgown to the Oscars, where she was nominated for her performance in A Star Is Born.

Interestingly, Gaga was followed on the list by “Amy Schumer husband”. The comedy star’s husband Chris Fischer attended several red carpet events with her this year, while Jenny McCarthy took fifth place and K-pop sensation BTS ranked sixth. Caitlyn Jenner, Richard Madden, Brie Larson, and “Brienne of Tarth” – also known as Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie – rounded out the top 10.

Among the Fashion Style searches for 2019 were topics such as “camp style”, “Egirl style”, “Eboy style”, and “Steampunk style”, while biker shorts, white jeans, and leather trousers were also top search terms.

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Pierce Brosnan to play king opposite Camila Cabello in Cinderella

Pierce Brosnan is set to play the role of the king in the new big-screen adaptation of Cinderella.The 66-year-old will portray the regal character, alongside leading lady Camila Cabello, in writer-director Kay Cannon’s musical retelling of the fairyt…

Pierce Brosnan is set to play the role of the king in the new big-screen adaptation of Cinderella.

The 66-year-old will portray the regal character, alongside leading lady Camila Cabello, in writer-director Kay Cannon’s musical retelling of the fairytale.

The casting news comes days after it was announced relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine would play Cinderella’s love interest Prince Robert in the highly-anticipated film.

The movie is based on an original idea from U.S. late night TV host James Corden, and also stars Idina Menzel, who will play the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter, who will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

Cabello, who makes her acting debut in Cinderella, will also be involved in the music.

Corden and Leo Pearlman are serving as producers on the film, alongside Jonathan Kadin and Shannon McIntosh, who was executive producer on Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Former James Bond star Brosnan will be flexing his vocal chords once again in the musical, more than 10 years after he made his singing debut on the big screen back in 2008 in Mamma Mia! He reprised his role for the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, last year.

The actor retired as Bond after Die Another Day in 2002, after starring as the British spy in 1995’s GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies in 1997, and The World Is Not Enough in 1999.

Brosnan will next be seen in Netflix comedy Eurovision, opposite Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams, as well as horror False Positive with Justin Theroux and Ilana Glazer.

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Billy Porter: ‘My red carpet style is unpredictable’

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awar…

Billy Porter has described his red carpet style as “undefinable and unpredictable”.

The Pose star is well known for his extravagant looks on the red carpet, with notable outfits including the Christian Siriano tuxedo ballgown he wore to the Academy Awards earlier this year, and the Cleopatra-inspired sequinned jumpsuit with 10-foot wings he debuted at the 2019 Met Gala in May.

While Porter’s eye-catching and dramatic outfit choices for events are met with high praise, the 50-year-old has now revealed he doesn’t have one particular aesthetic.

“I’ve never really thought about defining it. I would say it’s undefinable,” he told WWD. “I don’t even know what it is sometimes. I’m putting one foot in front of the other and I am trying to be as true and as honest to what I feel I want to do at any given time, so unpredictable.”

Porter, who made history in September when he became the first openly gay black man to win an Emmy Award for lead actor in a drama series, went on to explain how he and his team start to create his looks by defining what the event is about.

“I’m a very story-oriented person coming from being an actor, so I always try to have a narrative for myself so that there is always a reason and there’s always a point. I want to be a walking piece of art – political art – whenever I can, any time I show up,” Porter shared.

Despite his opulent outfits now becoming infamous, the actor refuses to view himself as a fashion icon.

“I’m going to let other people call me a fashion icon at least for the next couple of years and then I’ll do it myself,” he quipped.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex crowned Most Powerful Dresser of 2019

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000…

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has been named the Most Powerful Dresser of 2019.

As part of their annual Year in Fashion report, analysts at Lyst have looked at data, queries, page views, and sales metrics across six million fashion products from over 12,000 online stores as well as the global media coverage and social media mentions generated by the biggest brands and trends.

As part of this research, they also rounded up the 10 celebrities whose personal style choices have driven the biggest spikes over the last 12 months, and crowned Meghan, 38, in the number one spot.

“Meghan Markle was the most powerful dresser of 2019 and her outfits sparked, on average, a 216 per cent increase in searches for similar pieces,” a Lyst representative commented of the royal, who wed Britain’s Prince Harry in May 2018. “After she wore five different shirt dresses on the royal tour of South Africa, searches for the category grew 45 per cent over a month. The Club Monaco dress sold out in less than 24 hours, following a 570 per cent spike in searches and wearing a J Crew skirt saw a 102 per cent increase in searches for the brand.”

Timothee Chalamet landed in second place in the category, while Zendaya came third. Rounding out the top 10 was Billie Eilish, Cardi B, Lisa of K-pop band Blackpink, Kylie Jenner, Lizzo, Harry Styles, and Billy Porter.

“Billy Porter was responsible for some of the most talked-about red carpet moments of the year. When he wore a custom tuxedo-gown by Christian Siriano to the Oscars, searches for the designer increased 101 per cent in 24 hours,” the spokesperson added of the Pose star.

Sustainability and inclusivity were among the main movements in the fashion world, with the breakout brands including Bottega Veneta, Pyer Moss, Jacquemus, Paco Rabanne, Molly Goddard, Richard Quinn, Saks Potts, and Telfar.

Bottega Veneta’s The Pouch bag and Stretch sandals garnered the most interest when it came to accessories, with Gucci’s GG logo belt, Jacquemus’ Le Chiquito Bag, and Prada’s bucket hat completing the top five in the category.

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Billy Porter and Idina Menzel joining new Cinderella musical

Billy Porter and Idina Menzel are set to join Camila Cabello in the upcoming Cinderella adaptation.The 50-year-old, who recently won an Emmy for his role on Pose, announced at The New Yorker Festival that he would be playing the Fairy Godmother opposit…

Billy Porter and Idina Menzel are set to join Camila Cabello in the upcoming Cinderella adaptation.

The 50-year-old, who recently won an Emmy for his role on Pose, announced at The New Yorker Festival that he would be playing the Fairy Godmother opposite Cabello, who will portray the glass slipper-wearing fairytale character in the musical.

“I have a couple movies that I’m working on. I’m gonna be playing the fairy godmother in the new Cinderella movie with Camila Cabello,” he said.

Earlier this month, it had been reported that Porter was in talks with bosses at Sony and was close to completing a deal.

Idina Menzel is also set to join the live-action film, which will be written and directed by Pitch Perfect filmmaker Kay Cannon, as the wicked stepmother, according to Deadline.

The Tony and Grammy-award winning singer and Broadway actress will play Evelyn, who is the cruel adoptive mother to Cinderella.

Cabello will make her movie debut in the musical – as well as being involved in the original music for the film – which will begin shooting in London in February next year.

James Corden reportedly came up with the original idea, which will focus on an ambitious young woman who is desperate to follow her dreams.

The Late Late Show host will also produce, alongside Leo Pearlman and Jonathan Kadin.

The film is set to be released in February 2021.

And it’s not the first live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale. Back in 2015, Kenneth Branagh helmed the Disney remake of the 1950 animation, starring Lily James, Richard Madden, and Cate Blanchett.

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Billy Porter wows in sparkly pinstripe suit and platforms at Emmy Awards

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award …

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award at the annual ceremony on Sunday.

And the Pose star did not disappoint on the Emmys purple carpet, wearing a Michael Kors custom-made pantsuit, black leather platforms and a black asymmetrical hat exclusively handmade by Stephen Jones.

Porter shared a sneak peek at his outfit on Instagram and told his followers that he was living his truth.

“Y’all just don’t know what this moment means to me. Here’s to celebrating 50 years of life, 30 years of hard work and learning to embrace the JOY! This isn’t for me… It’s for US!” he wrote.

Porter’s famous friends were quick to show their support for the Tony Award-winning star, with designer Marc Jacobs commenting: “Hell yes to that fit!”

“This ensemble is everything!” actress Debra Messing wrote, while singer Ricky Martin added: “Bravo Billy!”

Another stunning look on the purple carpet came from Zendaya, who rocked a custom emerald-green Vera Wang gown with a racy thigh high split and a sheer corset for the Emmys.

The Euphoria star wore matching Brian Atwood silk stilettos to complete her outfit, which was simply accessorised with Cartier jewellery.

And the 23-year-old styled her red hair in loose waves and kept her make-up subtle, with a chic smokey eye and bold brows, along with a slick of clear lip gloss.

Fans took to social media to share their joy at Zendaya’s stunning look, which some compared to DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy.

“ZENDAYA CAME TO SERVE AT THE EMMYS. PERIOD,” one wrote, while journalist Evan Ross Katz commented: “Zendaya serving Poison Ivy realness on the #Emmys red carpet.”

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Billy Porter uses fashion to explore different identities

Billy Porter picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.The Pose actor is known for making a splash on red carpets by wearing dresses, extravagant styles, and for rewriting the rulebook on what men should wear in public. Speaking to V…

Billy Porter picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.

The Pose actor is known for making a splash on red carpets by wearing dresses, extravagant styles, and for rewriting the rulebook on what men should wear in public.

Speaking to Vogue, Porter shared that he is not limited by gender when it comes to clothing and picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.

“For me, as an actor, fashion has always been about, ‘Who do I want to be today?’ ‘What do I want to embody today?’ And allowing myself to explore that in a way that we don’t generally get to do very often,” he said. “We have structured it so much based on gender, that it has been really fun to take those gender shackles off, and (to remove) that desire or need to be masculine in a world that stresses that that’s the ‘better’ thing to be – and (instead to) just simply be. Be who you are, and what you feel you are in any given moment. So that’s what I’m doing with fashion. It’s fun.”

The 49-year-old admitted he didn’t feel free to experiment in the first 25 years of his career but he no longer feels pressure to conform.

“For the first 25 years of my career, I felt very pigeon-holed. Not anymore. Now, I’m too old to feel pressure about anything,” he added. “I’m gonna be 50 on September 21. F**k pressure! I show up. I do my job. I’ve been doing it for all my life. All I have to do is be myself. The shackles have been taken off: I’m free.”

Porter recently earned headlines for the showstopping looks he rocked during London Fashion Week, with him wearing an astonishing 15 outfits in four days.

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Naomi Campbell thrilled to bring Fashion for Relief back to London

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian c…

Naomi Campbell is “so happy” to be bringing her Fashion for Relief charity gala back home to London.

The British supermodel, 49, first debuted the charity gala 14 years ago, and the organisation has raised millions for disaster relief and humanitarian crises around the world.

Fashion For Relief has since been staged in places such as Moscow and Mumbai and this year, Naomi is bringing it back to her home city on Saturday.

“I’m so happy to bring it back home to where I was born,” she told British Vogue. “There is nothing better. I’m so thrilled to have the support of the British Fashion Council, British Vogue, Edward (Enninful)… and everyone who has given their time.

“Without everyone’s collaboration it just wouldn’t happen, it happens because we all come together. That’s what I love about it, we (the fashion industry) are always getting slammed – but we know how to show up when we need to. My gratitude is just beyond words.”

The star-studded dinner will be followed by an auction, which includes an exclusive Marina Abramovic sketch and a signed Ellen Von Unwerth portrait shot of the supermodel from 1990.

When asked if she thought the Fashion For Relief gala would be a success when she founded the charitable organisation back in 2005, Naomi confessed she was taken aback by its progress.

“I never put expectations on anything,” she explained. “I didn’t even think I’d still be modelling now! You never know how something is going to work out.”

And the fashion icon is excited to see friendly faces at the event on Saturday, including Pose actor Billy Porter and Skyfall’s Naomie Harris.

“I’m just looking forward to coming home and being with everyone,” she shared. “What makes it so special is that everyone is there because they want to be, not because they have to be.”

This year, Fashion for Relief is joining forces with the Mayor’s Fund for London and UNICEF to raise funds for disadvantaged children in London and the U.K.

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Celine Dion and Billy Porter top 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian …

Celine Dion and Billy Porter have been named on the 2019 Vanity Fair Best-Dressed List.

The Canadian singer is well known for her love of couture, and the Pose star, who made a splash at the 2019 Oscars in a velvet gown and tuxedo jacket from Christian Siriano, have both been selected by editors at the publication as two of the most stylish celebrities in Hollywood.

Dion commented that she is currently “obsessed” with pieces by Dutch designer Ronald van der Kemp, founder of fashion house RDVK.

“Every piece they do is one of a kind. And last time I went to Paris Fashion Week, Valentino blew my mind,” the 51-year-old gushed.

Meanwhile, Porter named his style icons as Diana Ross and Andre Leon Talley and also described high heels as the most “powerful thing one can wear.”

Dion fell under The Virtuosos category, joining Marc Jacobs, Diane Keaton, Zoe Kravitz, Rami Malek, Priyanka Chopra, basketballer Serge Ibaka, and playwright Jeremy O. Harris, while Chloe Sevigny, Gemma Chan, Mahershala Ali, cultural philanthropist Pamela Joyner, Frank Ocean, Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, and Cicely Tyson were labelled as The Classics.

Joining Porter as The Originals is costume designer B. Akerlund, Tyler, the Creator, artist Kehinde Wiley, Harry Styles, gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, and Lena Waithe, while a special mention was given to designers including Haider Ackermann, Brunello Cucinelli, and Rei Kawakubo.

Elsewhere, the most stylish couples included Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet, Rick Owens and Michele Lamy, George and Amal Clooney, David and Victoria Beckham, and model sisters Bella and Gigi Hadid.

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Billy Porter: ‘No one can tell me what to wear’

Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants. The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards. While Billy ma…

Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants.

The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards.

While Billy may have become known for his daring and unique style recently, he has now insisted that he has always been into fashion and unafraid of wearing bold outfits, no matter what anybody thinks.

“I’ve always had a fashion thing,” he told ES magazine. “I’ve always loved fashion; I grew up in the black church and the black church is a fashion show. I never let anybody deter me from the things I wanted to wear.”

The Tony Award-winning actor, who starred in Broadway musical Kinky Boots when it opened in 2013, credits his grandmother and great aunt with giving him advice which inspired how he dresses.

“My grandmother and my great aunt taught me to dress for the job you want, not the one you have,” the 49-year-old recalled. “I remember getting Kinky Boots, and I decided to go ‘geek chic,’ I was calling my look… People literally thought I was crazy. It was like, I have a job I want, it’s beyond this, I gotta show up for that.”

Revealing the next gig he was dressing for, Billy said, “I got that job I wanted by the way. Which is being a fashion icon, darling!”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in June, his stylist Sam Ratelle revealed that they are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the star clothes in the past.

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