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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Tessa Thompson thrilled with futuristic gown for Men in Black: International premiere

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out…

Tessa Thompson has gushed over the futuristic gown she wore to the Men in Black: International premiere on Tuesday night.

The actress, who plays new MIB recruit Agent M in the spin-off of the hit franchise, embraced the sci-fi theme when she stepped out at the AMC Lincoln Square in New York City for the film’s debut in a silver Rodarte dress with high-low hemline.

Taking to Instagram to share a slideshow of images of her posing on the black carpet, Tessa thanked Rodarte designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy for embracing her vision and supporting her over the years.

“@Rodarte dressed me for my first big premiere years ago & 4 last night’s debut of @mib_international they made this dress special for me. Luv u (sic) so much @kateandlauramulleavy . Endless thanks. & to the dreamy team that got me ready,” the 35-year-old wrote in the caption.

Tessa topped off her look with silver platform heels and a moon-shaped purse from Judith Leiber, while her make-up artist gave her a slick of iridescent eyeshadow on her lids.

Accordingly, Kate and Laura shared their excitement over the look too, commenting on the post, “We love you Tessa!!!!!!!! You are magic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

The post caught the attention of a number of Tessa’s celebrity pals too, with La La Anthony writing, “Beyond,” with a string of fire emojis, and her Creed co-star Michael B. Jordan commenting, “Such a fan!”

Tessa’s Men in Black: International co-star Chris Hemsworth, who takes on the role of Agent H, also attended the event, looking handsome in a Dolce & Gabbana suit, while the actor’s wife Elsa Pataky rocked a white Armani ensemble.

Men in Black: International opens in cinemas from 13 June.

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Handbag designer Judith Leiber dies hours after artist husband

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband. She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber. Both died of natural causes, acc…

Beloved handbag designer Judith Leiber has died, aged 97, just hours after her husband.

She died on Saturday (28Apr18) at her home in Springs, New York as she mourned the passing of her partner, painter Gerson Leiber.

Both died of natural causes, according to reports.

Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Hungary, she became the queen of the clutch, with stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Greta Garbo among her fans, and more recently Blake Lively, who showcased a quirky fish-style bag at The Age of Adeline premiere in 2015. She also famously gifted each U.S. First Lady one of her minaudieres.

She studied chemistry in London but returned to Budapest to apprentice as a handbag maker and while selling her wares to members of the armed forces, she met her husband, a member of the U.S. Signal Corps. The Leibers wed in 1946 and moved to New York, where Judith worked for several handbag manufacturers.

Her career as a designer took off in 1953 after she created a pink rhinestone bag for Mamie Eisenhower to carry to her husband’s presidential inauguration, but it took her 10 years to build up the courage to go it alone and start her own company.

Her most famous pieces featured images of birds, cats, lions, rabbits, and dogs, and she often worked with ostrich, alligator, and frogskin.

In 2009, she launched a museum for her handbags in East Hampton, while her designs are also on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Dallas Museum, the Museum of the City of New York and the Smithsonian.

Her contemporary fans have also included Dame Helen Mirren, Jennifer Lawrence, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Adams, who have all clutched one of the designer’s creations on the red carpet in recent years.

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