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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Martha Hunt promoting sustainable jewellery brand

Martha Hunt is working as one of the faces of new sustainable jewellery company Lark & Berry.The American model has previously fronted campaigns for Hugo Boss, Y-3, Max & Co., as well as Albion Cosmetics, and walked the runway for the likes of Balmain,…

Martha Hunt is working as one of the faces of new sustainable jewellery company Lark & Berry.

The American model has previously fronted campaigns for Hugo Boss, Y-3, Max & Co., as well as Albion Cosmetics, and walked the runway for the likes of Balmain, Chanel and Victoria’s Secret.

Now, Martha is aligning herself with London-based Lark & Berry, which utilises “cultured” stones.

“You can have the same quality of diamond but without risking any of the conflict that can sometimes be associated with mined diamonds,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “It’s one of the first brands that I’ve discovered that have sourced their diamonds in that way.”

Lark & Berry was founded by Laura Chavez and designer Katie Rowland in 2017, with the duo aiming to fill a gap in the market for gorgeous yet affordable jewellery.

By using lab-grown diamonds in the pieces, they also offer customers transparency over where the stones come from, which is not always possible with mined diamonds.

Martha stepped out at The Wild Pear Tree premiere at the recent Cannes Film Festival earlier this month (May18), sporting an ice-blue Michael Kors gown and Roger Vivier high heels. She topped off the ensemble with Lark & Berry drop earrings and a matching necklace, and she is adamant that no one could tell that they weren’t natural diamonds.

“They can be of the same quality as a mined diamond, if not better, and are real, but you can guarantee that they are 100 per cent conflict free because you know exactly where they came from,” the 29-year-old shared.

Martha, who has over 2.8 million followers on Instagram, was also recently tapped as the face of contemporary fashion label Ramy Brook.

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