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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Valentino and Diane von Furstenberg pay tribute to designer Emanuel Ungaro

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death. The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86…

Valentino Garavani and Diane von Furstenberg have paid tribute to French designer Emanuel Ungaro following his death.

The fashion star, who founded his eponymous couture house in 1965 and retired from it in 2004, died in Paris, France at the age of 86 on Saturday. A number of his fellow designers subsequently paid tribute, with Garavani describing him as a “great and generous friend” to WWD.

“Always with a smile and with a kindness very rare in this fashion world. His colours, his draping and the fantasy he put in every dress, deserve a very important place in the history of fashion,” he praised.

Von Furstenberg told the publication Ungaro’s death was “a very sad thing” and added, “Ungaro reminds me of my youth…of happy, sexy printed dresses,” while Alber Elbaz said he “knew him, adored him and loved him”.

Milliner Stephen Jones paid tribute via Instagram by sharing a photo of one of their collaborations and writing in the caption, “So sad to hear of the passing of the magnificent #emanuelungaro @emanuelungaroparis. To work with him was extraordinary.”

Model Marisa Berenson shared a throwback image of Ungaro fitting her in a dress and described him as a “beautiful, refined and generous man”.

“He was one of the greatest designers of his generation and will go down in fashion history,” she continued. “Thank you dear Emanuel for having been the friend that you were, you are in my thoughts and in my heart.”

Ungaro, who was born in Aix-en-Provence, France, in 1933, got his start in fashion by working as an assistant to a Sicilian tailor. He then spent six years learning from legendary Spanish designer Cristobal Balenciaga before creating his own fashion house in Paris.

He quickly became a success with his feminine designs, colourful draping, and bold prints, with one of his first clients being former U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Notable creative directors of the Emanuel Ungaro brand have included Giambattista Valli, Peter Dundas, Giles Deacon, and Fausto Puglisi.

Ungaro is survived by his wife, Laura, and a daughter, Cosima.

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Guo Pei to present first-ever U.K. show at V&A museum

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing …

Guo Pei is to present her first-ever U.K. fashion show at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Chinese couturier has built up a reputation for her glamorous gowns since launching her brand in 1997 but is perhaps best known for creating the trailing yellow gown Rihanna wore at the 2015 Met Gala.

Now, Pei is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the V&A’s Fashion in Motion initiative, in which anyone can nab a seat on the front row, and will unveil her 2019/20 Alternate Universe Couture collection inside the Raphael Gallery on 1 November.

“I am very pleased to be the featured designer of V&A’s Fashion in Motion 20th anniversary show. This will also be my first-ever show in the United Kingdom,” she said in a statement. “The V&A is an historic platform, preserving and celebrating art and design in many forms, from many cultures and very often spanning many centuries. I feel fortunate to be included onto V&A’s platform and very much looking forward to the collaboration.”

Pei first presented her Alternate Universe line at this year’s Paris Couture Week. The range is inspired by the idea of a new universe where light and darkness coexist, angels and demons sit next to one another, and magical creatures creep out of the shadows.

Accordingly, Oriole Cullen, V&A fashion curator, is thrilled to be hosting the designer.

“Guo Pei’s work demonstrates the height of what can be achieved in the skilled ateliers of an haute couture house. We are delighted to be working with Guo Pei to showcase a selection of garments from her uniquely beautiful Alternate Universe collection,” she added.

Other fashion stars to take part in the V&A’s Fashion in Motion event over the years have included Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, Giles Deacon, Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenny Packham, Vivienne Westwood, and Yohji Yamamoto.

Tickets for the three free catwalk shows will be available to book online via the V&A website from 21 October.

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Giles Deacon joins Aspinal of London

Giles Deacon has been recruited by the team at Aspinal of London.The British designer has joined the company as design director off the back of the very successful Giles x Aspinal capsule accessories collaboration. As reported by editors at Business o…

Giles Deacon has been recruited by the team at Aspinal of London.

The British designer has joined the company as design director off the back of the very successful Giles x Aspinal capsule accessories collaboration.

As reported by editors at Business of Fashion, Deacon’s appointment will not affect his work at his own label Giles Deacon Couture, where he will continue to remain as creative director.

The 49-year-old earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for his work, and previously teamed up with the likes of Mulberry, Converse and British high street store New Look before Aspinal of London asked him to partner.

This capsule collection consisted of a range of fun, new accessories which featured hand-drawn colourful, elegant women dressed in glamorous ’40s-style outfits, all walking on a bed of pink roses.

The 25-piece collection, which included handbags, wallets, and silk scarves, was unveiled during London Fashion Week in September (18), when the London label gave fans a peek at the range at its flagship Regent Street store.

A spokesperson for the brand told WWD the Aspinal women consisted of an international, “yet still very quintessentially English” cast, but with a more global appeal in order to highlight the brand’s overseas expansion plans in the Middle East and China.

“Giles didn’t want to reinvent the wheel in terms of product, so there are no new bag styles and he chose the ones most synonymous to the brand,” they added.

Deacon’s position at Aspinal of London is effective immediately.

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Aspinal of London debuts capsule collection with Giles Deacon

Aspinal of London unveiled a 25-piece capsule collection in collaboration with Giles Deacon during London Fashion Week on Tuesday (18Sep18).Fashion fans flocked to the label’s flagship Regent Street store to get a first look at its spring collection, w…

Aspinal of London unveiled a 25-piece capsule collection in collaboration with Giles Deacon during London Fashion Week on Tuesday (18Sep18).

Fashion fans flocked to the label’s flagship Regent Street store to get a first look at its spring collection, which features a new style, a new print and new colourways.

It includes a collaboration with Deacon, consisting of the brand’s top handbag and accessories sellers, with the British fashion designer calling on hand-drawn illustrations to depict “the women of Aspinal seen through his eyes”.

The colourful print was adorned on the brand’s mini Trunk bag, the Regent tote bag and the Micro Lottie style, while the best-selling Hepburn bag featured a single girl embossed on the front. Scarves were also embellished with the print.

A spokesperson for the brand told WWD the Aspinal Women consisted of an international, “yet still very quintessentially English” cast, but with a more global appeal in order to highlight the brand’s overseas expansion plans in the Middle East and China.

“Giles didn’t want to reinvent the wheel in terms of product, so there are no new bag styles and he chose the ones most synonymous to the brand,” they added.

During the launch, Aspinal also debuted a new handbag collection influenced by ballerinas, while The Trunk, a square box bag retailing at $856 (£650), was given a bejewelled crystal makeover.

The newest style, a double top-zip bag entitled the Madison, was showcased in a range of colours including the brand’s newest shades, peony and bluebird.

The midi style is priced at $783 (£595) and the large Madison retails at $915 (£695).

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Gwendoline Christie labels boyfriend Giles Deacon a ‘colossal talent’

Gwendoline Christie is in awe of boyfriend Giles Deacon’s talent.The Game of Thrones actress has been dating English designer Giles for five years, and the pair have set up home in London.While Gwendoline is usually tight-lipped about her relationshi…

Gwendoline Christie is in awe of boyfriend Giles Deacon’s talent.

The Game of Thrones actress has been dating English designer Giles for five years, and the pair have set up home in London.

While Gwendoline is usually tight-lipped about her relationship, she couldn’t help but praise Giles in an interview with ES Magazine.

“I don’t think I’ll ever stop being in awe of my partner’s colossal talent,” she smiled. “As a designer and as a human being. I mean it. I don’t ever talk about him. But I really mean that.”

The 39-year-old Brit recently wrapped on the eighth and final season of HBO epic Game of Thrones, based on books by George R. R. Martin, which will hit screens in 2019.

The statuesque star has been playing Brienne of Tarth, her breakout role, since season two in 2012, and says the part was made for her.

“I know how generic it sounds but it just was, in every sense of the word, incredible that that part should come along, made for me in a way that none of my friends would’ve identified for a second,” she shared. “They saw all of the fighting, the physicality, the fact that it was a character who was constantly being described as ugly. None of the people who knew me could understand why I would want to play that part.

“I had to cut my hair, change my body, strip off my make-up. This is not the person I have presented to the world at all.”

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Giles Deacon creates capsule collection with Aspinal of London

Giles Deacon has partnered with Aspinal of London on a new capsule collection.The British designer earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for…

Giles Deacon has partnered with Aspinal of London on a new capsule collection.

The British designer earned his fashion stripes at Bottega Veneta and Gucci before founding his own label, GILES, in 2003, subsequently going on to win numerous accolades for his work.

Deacon is no stranger to collaborations, having previously teamed up with the likes of Mulberry, Converse and British high street store New Look. His latest venture sees him join forces with the luxury London-based accessories label for a range of fun, new creations.

The 49-year-old has hand-drawn a number of colourful, elegant women dressed in glamorous ‘40s-style outfits, all walking on a bed of pink roses. These designs have been printed on totes, shoulder and handbags, wallets and other small leather accessories, while one drawing – a woman holding a large handbag – has been lifted from the bigger print and embossed on Aspinal of London’s Hepburn bag. The collection also includes silk scarves and Christmas crackers bearing the unique print.

Deacon described the collaboration as a “super opportunity” to showcase his original illustrations, and explained that he was thinking about the typical “Aspinal girl” when he envisioned his designs.

“They’re quintessential English girls zooming around town, having a good time in their frocks. They love fashion and simple, gorgeous prints,” he said in an interview with WWD.

Prices range from £65 ($86) for a luggage tag to £950 ($1,254) for the embossed Hepburn bag, and all items can be pre-ordered online during London Fashion Week in September (18), where the collection will first be presented.

The pieces launch in stores and online from 15 October, and will be sold through Aspinal’s stand-alone stores on the brand’s website and across its concessions. Barneys New York will sell the collection exclusively throughout the U.S., and Shangpin will do the same in China.

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Three designers to outfit New York City Ballet for annual gala

Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti and Gareth Pugh are to outfit the New York City Ballet (NYCB) for its upcoming Fall Fashion Gala.The upcoming dance extravaganza will feature three performances, with Deacon creating costumes for choreographer Kyle Abraha…

Giles Deacon, Alberta Ferretti and Gareth Pugh are to outfit the New York City Ballet (NYCB) for its upcoming Fall Fashion Gala.

The upcoming dance extravaganza will feature three performances, with Deacon creating costumes for choreographer Kyle Abraham’s number, Ferretti outfitting the dancers in Gianna Reisen’s choreography and Pugh designing the outfits for Matthew Neenan’s dance.

In addition, the gala will feature music from composers John Adams and Antonin Dvorak, with lighting by the NYCB’s resident lighting designer Mark Stanley for both the Reisen and Neenan premieres.

“(In September), the New York City Ballet will present the seventh instalment of its annual Fall Fashion Gala, celebrating choreography and costume design with an evening of world premiere ballets and creative collaborations between some of today’s most exciting artists from the worlds of dance and design,” a spokesperson said in a statement.

The seventh Fall Fashion Gala has been conceived by actress Sarah Jessica Parker and co-chaired by Mazdack Rassi, Zanna Roberts Rassi and Lizzie Tisch.

Since the inception of the first Fall Fashion Gala in 2012, the annual event has raised more than $15 million (£11 million) for the NYCB. In previous years, the event has included costumes designed by Virgil Abloh of Off-White, Rosie Assoulin, Thom Browne, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Prabal Gurung, Carolina Herrera, Mary Katrantzou, Zuhair Murad and Narciso Rodriguez, among others.

All of the designs have been created in-house at the New York City Ballet Costume Shop in collaboration with the designers and NYCB’s director of costumes Marc Happel.

The NYCB Fall Fashion Gala will be held on 27 September from 7pm.

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Kate Moss models limited edition T-shirt for charity War Child UK

Kate Moss is fronting a new campaign by charity War Child UK to celebrate its 25th anniversary.The British model has posed for pictures in which she is wearing a limited edition T-shirt designed by London-based designer Bella Freud. The top reads ‘Peac…

Kate Moss is fronting a new campaign by charity War Child UK to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

The British model has posed for pictures in which she is wearing a limited edition T-shirt designed by London-based designer Bella Freud.

The top reads ‘Peace And Love’ in colourful block letters, and the same shirt is also sported by The Crown actress Vanessa Kirby.

“It was wonderful for me to get involved in this project and support War Child UK’s work,” Freud explained in a statement. “The charity turns 25 this year and to learn about the ways they help children overcome the trauma of war is truly inspiring. I urge everyone to help give children the chance in life that they deserve by donating or purchasing an item from the Wear It For War Child collection.”

War Child UK, which has provided aid to children growing up in war torn countries for a quarter of a century, is also being supported by a number of other influential designers. Pam Hogg, Henry Holland and Giles Deacon have all contributed to the organisation’s capsule collection of shirts as part of the #wearitforwarchild campaign, as has fashion legend Vivienne Westwood, who has offered up an edgy graffiti-style print for the cause.

Hogg’s slogan T-shirt reads ‘Love Not War’ over a red heart, while Deacon has styled his with a cartoon pastel coloured pony and Holland opted for a graphic red and black ‘Enough Is Enough’ garment.

Each T-shirt is priced at $33 (£25) and can be purchased online from War Child UK’s official website.

London-based menswear fashion brand Quasimi has also designed a tote bag as well as a T-shirt, which can be bought for $20 (£15).

Rob Williams CEO at War Child UK said: “We’re incredibly honoured to work with a stellar line-up of fashion designers, and want to thank them for generously lending their time and support to help us raise the essential funds we need to continue our crucial work.”

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