Billy Porter rocks ‘royal’ gold outfit to 2020 Oscars

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 grap…

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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Giles Deacon inspired by Kensington Palace when creating Billy Porter’s Oscars outfit

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by…

Giles Deacon was inspired by a room inside Kensington Palace when making Billy Porter’s voluminous skirt for the 2020 Oscars.

The Pose star hit the red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday night wearing a show-stopping custom creation by the British designer, with the look completed with a gold feathered bodice and Jimmy Choo heels.

The idea to include a nod to royalty in the outfit was first dreamed up by Porter’s stylist, Sam Ratelle, who took a tour of the 415-year-old residential palace, which is home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, last year.

He pitched his regal plans to Deacon, and the duo combined a particular room from Kensington Palace into high fashion.

The designer had already used ideas from the palace for previous collections and decided to incorporate details from the Roman-inspired Cupola Room, which features gilded statues and a grand marble dome, into the skirt.

“I love the idea of Billy being this kind of messenger sent from the gods,” Deacon told The New York Times, adding that he turned the walls of the room into a print that was enlarged for Porter’s skirt.

The fashion star, who designed a wedding dress for Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s sister, Pippa Middleton, back in 2017, also told the publication that he felt it was “very poignant to be dressing Billy”.

And Ratelle insisted that his Emmy-winning client isn’t trying to challenge to constraints of gender roles, he’s just merely wearing an artistic creation.

“I don’t see female energy,” he added of the skirt. “I see a dude. I see a dude wearing armour, wearing something that’s artistic and innately couture.”

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James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver join Cinderella musical

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling …

James Corden, Missy Elliott and Minnie Driver have joined the cast of Camila Cabello’s Cinderella musical.

The movie, directed by writer/director Kay Cannon, is based on an original idea from the U.S. late night TV host, and will be a musical retelling of the classic fairytale.

The British star will play one of the mice who is turned into a footman to take Cinderella to the ball alongside fellow comedians John Mulaney and Romesh Ranganathan.

Meanwhile, rapper Elliott will play the Town Crier in the flick, while Driver has been tapped for the role of Queen Beatrice, according to Deadline.

The newcomers join Senorita singer Cabello, who is making her feature acting debut in Cinderella and will also be involved in the music, and as well as relatively unknown British actor Nicholas Galitzine, who has been cast as love interest Prince Robert.

Pierce Brosnan will also be playing the King, Idina Menzel will serve as the wicked stepmother, and Billy Porter will take on the role of the fairy godmother.

The musical comedy re-imagines the traditional Cinderella tale and follows the heroine as she tries to make her ambitious dreams come true. Production on the movie is set to begin this month.

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.

The musical is set to hit theatres in February 2021.

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Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson circling Little Shop of Horrors remake – report

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musica…

Taron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson are reportedly in talks to headline a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

The Rocketman star is up for the role of Seymour Krelborn, previously made famous by Rick Moranis in the 1986 adaptation of the hit stage musical, according to editors at Full Circle Cinema.

The much-loved movie follows the story of florist shop worker, Seymour, as he discovers an alien Venus flytrap that speaks and sings, who he names after his co-worker Audrey.

But as Audrey II begins to grow rapidly, Seymour begins feeding the killer plant human victims.

In addition, insiders have told the website that Johansson is in line to portray Seymour’s love interest Audrey, originally played by Ellen Greene, and Pose star Billy Porter is being considered to voice Audrey II. Greg Berlanti is apparently attached to direct.

The original movie, which also starred Steve Martin, Jim Belushi and John Candy, received mixed reviews upon release, but has since grown into a cult classic thanks to the star-studded cast and catchy songs.

The musical, which has toured all over the world, was last staged on Broadway in 2003.

Egerton, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Elton John in the musical biopic Rocketman, will next be lending his vocal talents to reprise his character of Johnny in the Sing sequel.

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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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Billy Porter makes history as Allure magazine’s first male cover star

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in e…

Billy Porter has made history with his new cover photoshoot for Allure magazine.

The Pose star is the first male-identifying person to front the publication’s The Art of Beauty issue, and in stunning images for accompanying shoot, Porter is dressed in extravagant outfits by Area and threeASFOUR.

“She’s a cover girl, y’all! I’m so unbelievably excited and proud to be gracing the cover of @allure’s February 2020 “The Art of Beauty” issue! It is such an honour to be the first male to be on the cover in history,” the 50-year-old wrote on Instagram, alongside an image of his cover. “This is a testament that times can change and are changing. And it happens with visibility. Ya’ll better RUN to newsstands.”

In the accompanying interview for Allure’s February 2020 issue, Porter opened up about his love for fashion and clothes, and joked that when he was younger, his family insisted his taste was too expensive.

“It was always an expression for me. I always wanted to do something different. I always wanted to express myself in my clothes differently. And I always had great taste. And expensive taste. When I was 10, I could walk into a store for my Easter suit and scan the suits, and it would inevitably be the most expensive suit in the store,” he laughed, adding that he was told by his loved ones that he had to get a job so he could afford high fashion.

“I understood they couldn’t give me the s**t I wanted.”

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Anna Wintour approved Billy Porter’s extravagant Met Gala arrival

Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun Go…

Anna Wintour gave Billy Porter permission for his extravagant arrival at the 2019 Met Gala.

In an extravagant and theatrical nod to the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt, the Pose star arrived at the prestigious fashion event back in May wearing a custom Sun God ensemble created by The Blonds.

The show-stopping look featured a gold bejewelled catsuit that included huge 10-foot wings, an opulent 24-carat gold headpiece, as well as custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti shoes and jewels by Andreoli, John Hardy, and Oscar Heyman.

Billy credited his stylist Sam Ratelle for coming up with the idea of being carried in by six men wearing gold headpieces and make-up, and he confessed he was initially sceptical that they would be allowed to do it until the U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief stepped in.

“I didn’t have to do anything. My stylist did it. It was his idea to have that moment. That’s a big deal. Miss Anna Wintour said, ‘Yes,'” he told WWD. “My stylist had the idea and I was like, ‘Child, please, that ain’t gonna happen.’

“Two weeks later, he was like, ‘Girl! You’re getting carried in, darling, by six shirtless men…'” Billy laughed.

The 50-year-old worked on the outlandish Egyptian-themed creation with designers Phillipe and David Blond, who are the brains behind their luxury apparel brand The Blonds.

“Their clothes make me feel like a rock star and I’m about to do that s**t, too,” Billy teased. “Grandpa’s coming back to the music industry, y’all get ready.”

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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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