Billy Porter challenges fans to recreate his Met Gala outfit

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as t…

Billy Porter has challenged his fans to recreate his Egyptian-themed 2019 Met Gala outfit while they’re in self-isolation.

The Pose star launched the #billyporterfashionchallenge to give his followers on social media the opportunity to get creative as they self-isolate, and the first task was to emulate his theatrical ensemble from the prestigious fashion event last year.

Porter donned a bejewelled golden Sun God catsuit created by The Blonds, which featured 10-foot gold wings, a 24-carat gold headpiece, and custom gold-leaf Giuseppe Zanotti heeled boots.

The 50-year-old actor set out the rules on Instagram, telling his followers that he was making the challenge difficult to test their DIY skills.

“Using items found ONLY in your house, give me your best recreation of my 2019 @themetgalaofficial lewk (sic) and post a photo or video on your Instagram (grid or story),” he wrote alongside photos of himself on the red carpet at last year’s bash.

“Be CREATIVE and have FUN! Get the whole family involved… I’ll share my favorites! Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with, hennies!”

The Like a Boss star later shared a link to a Vogue.com story about the challenge, which featured some of the entries to Porter’s unique creative task.

“I’m GAGGED over all the incredibly creative and chic responses to the Fashion Challenge! Now you’re all featured in @voguemagazine, divas!” he shared on Twitter. “More challenges to come, hennies!”

The 2020 Met Gala was recently postponed as a result of the growing coronavirus pandemic, which has so far infected around 488,000 people, with more than 22,000 deaths.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition About Time: Fashion and Duration.

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CFDA Fashion Awards postponed

The 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next edition of the annual fashion prizegiving had been scheduled to take place on 8 June at The New York Public Library, b…

The 2020 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Fashion Awards have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The next edition of the annual fashion prizegiving had been scheduled to take place on 8 June at The New York Public Library, but on Tuesday, a representative for the organisation announced that CFDA chairman Tom Ford and president and chief executive Steven Kolb had decided to postpone the event, as well as the unveiling of the nominees, until a later date.

“After carefully reviewing the guidelines of federal and state governments, as well as public health agencies, CFDA chairman, Tom Ford, and Steven Kolb, president and CEO, along with the full support of the board, have made the decision to postpone the 2020 CFDA Fashion Awards,” a statement on the CFDA website reads. “The CFDA will continue to monitor the ongoing situation and provide updates as they are available via email, at CFDA.com, and on our social media accounts.

“The Covid-19 outbreak is bringing many challenges to fashion designers in both their personal lives and professional operations. As an organisation with a diverse membership conducting business globally, the CFDA is doing everything it can to help our designers through these difficult times in their businesses.”

New York is the U.S. state with the highest number of coronavirus cases. As a result, New York City is on lockdown, with many bars, shops, and restaurants closed as residents self-isolate.

The coronavirus has led to a number of cancellations in the fashion world, most notably, the 2020 Met Gala, which was set to take place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Big Apple in May. Many brands have postponed upcoming runway shows too, while thousands of stores have been temporarily closed.

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Anna Wintour postpones 2020 Met Gala

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exh…

Anna Wintour has postponed the 2020 Met Gala in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

The annual Costume Institute Gala was due to be held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City on 4 May, with the bash to celebrate the opening of the spring exhibition titled About Time: Fashion and Duration.

However, regular co-chair and U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Wintour announced in an article published on Vogue.com on Monday that the event would be delayed indefinitely.

“One day that will not arrive on schedule will be the opening of the Costume Institute’s exhibition, About Time,” she wrote. “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will not take place on the date scheduled.”

Wintour added that fashion fans would be give a preview of the “extraordinary exhibition” in the May 2020 issue of Vogue.

While guests had not yet been announced, the evening’s co-chairs were to include Louis Vuitton’s Nicolas Ghesquiere and Hollywood stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Stone, and Meryl Streep.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has been closed since last Thursday, with executives abiding by the recommendation from officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that all gatherings of more than 50 people be suspended for the immediate future to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Founded in 1948, the Met Gala was established as a way to raise money for the newly-founded Costume Institute. Over the course of the gala’s history, it has been cancelled twice – following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963, and in 2002, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

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Billy Porter contemplating launching his own fashion line

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outf…

Billy Porter has teased the possibility of launching his very own fashion line.

The Pose star is known for his statement looks on the red carpet, having made a splash in a tuxedo dress at the 2019 Oscars and turned heads in a crystal-encrusted blue outfit with matching hat for the 2020 Grammy Awards.

However, Porter has now revealed that he’s currently working on incorporating his extravagant style into a new fashion collection.

“I’m working on figuring out what a fashion line would look like,” he told People magazine. “I’m not sure if it will be clothing or accessories. I’m not sure, but it’s on my brain.”

Despite still being undecided on a foray into design, Porter emphasised that whatever he ends up doing will be focused on inspiring confidence amongst his fans.

“It’s not just about what I’m wearing,” the 50-year-old shared. “It’s about how I feel. About how other people feel.”

The actor has a busy year ahead of him, after landing roles as the genderless Fairy Godmother in Camila Cabello’s musical live-action fairy tale movie Cinderella, and as the voice of the man-eating Venus flytrap Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors remake.

However, Porter is still focused on the fashion event of the year, the 2020 Met Gala, and revealed he’s already working on his show-stopping ensemble.

“I’m going. I don’t know who or how, but I’m going. We’ve landed on a designer, but that’s all I know right now,” he teased.

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Claire Danes: ‘People still talk about my 2016 Met Gala dress’

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it. The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Za…

Claire Danes is still asked about her 2016 Met Gala dress almost four years after she wore it.

The Homeland actress hit headlines when she stepped out onto the red carpet at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual fundraiser in a strapless light-up Zac Posen ballgown that made her look like Cinderella.

Speaking with the fashion designer for Town & Country magazine, Danes shared that she is still asked about the look and is thrilled she can share such a memorable red carpet moment with her longtime friend.

“People still also talk about the dress you designed for me for the 2016 Met Gala. I mean, they talk about it as one of the most remarkable things that I’ve ever done in my life,” she said. “And I’m sort of like, ‘Well, I have an amazing friend.’ But I was glad that we got to share that.”

Posen, who recently closed his eponymous fashion label, praised his pal for surviving the evening in such a heavy dress.

Meanwhile, Danes recalled how she had required assistance in the bathroom.

“I was careful not to imbibe any liquids, because the bathroom situation was not easy. I remember I went in there before it was too crowded, and Uma Thurman was in the bathroom and she helped me,” the 40-year-old remembered. “(The dress) was great on the red carpet, but it really came alive inside the museum. People’s mouths would just fall open, it was so pretty.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Danes told her friend, who she has known since he was in high school, that she only started partnering with designers for public appearances after Baz Luhrmann got Prada’s team to style her to promote his 1997 movie Romeo + Juliet.

“You did your own styling. You got a dress, and you did your own hair and make-up,” she shared. “I remember, for Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann partnered with Prada, so Miuccia Prada did all my clothes for that press tour. That was amazing… It feels antiquated now. But we’re evolving, and that’s always a good thing.”

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Dapper Dan was ‘too nervous’ to meet Anna Wintour at Met Gala

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities. In recent years, Dan has formed …

Dapper Dan was “too nervous” to meet Anna Wintour at his very first Met Gala.

The Harlem-based couturier, real name Daniel Day, is known for pioneering streetwear in the 1980s and making bespoke garments for celebrities.

In recent years, Dan has formed a partnership with bosses at Gucci, and was thrilled when he was invited to attend the prestigious fashion event with the team in 2018 – though he was disappointed not to meet two style icons at the bash.

“The Met sealed the deal for me in terms of fashion,” he said during a chat with Ashley Graham for her Pretty Big Deal podcast. “There was two people I wanted to meet. (Fashion journalist) Andre Leon Talley and, of course, the queen (U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief) Anna Wintour. If I could be acknowledged by the king and queen, that seals the deal. I messed up the first time, I was so nervous I didn’t walk through the right door – I didn’t get to shake her hand!”

Dan, who went on to indicate that he did get to introduce himself to Wintour at the 2019 Met Gala, explained that he was happy to have the support of Graham because he was not used to being in such a star-studded environment.

“You called me from the party, made sure I was alright. I was in a strange land,” the 75-year-old recalled. “I’m standing there and it’s just me, Marco Bizzarri – the CEO of Gucci – and that’s a big deal for me. And so, I’m looking around, the Kardashians are back there, Madonna’s over there, and I’m (thinking), ‘Wait a minute, am I in the right line?’ I couldn’t believe what was happening. It was a very big deal.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Graham thanked Dan for allowing her to have a hands-on approach when co-designing her look for this year’s event. And the veteran trendsetter insisted that he has always had the same viewpoint when it comes to collaborating.

“I see fashion as primarily something that’s transformative. Not just transformative coming from me, but to be able to transform people that I dress,” he smiled.

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Cher nearly wore different outfit to 2019 Met Gala

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for …

Cher had a new outfit to wear to the 2019 Met Gala but changed her mind at the last minute.

The superstar made a surprise appearance at the annual fashion event back in May and even took to the stage at one point to perform some of her biggest hits for the star-studded crowd.

But while Cher had a whole look planned for the camp-themed night, she opted to stay in her favourite denim jeans, pink camisole, black jacket, and blonde wig when she arrived at the venue.

“I had another outfit to wear but at the last minute, I just thought ‘F**k it. I don’t want to wear anything,” she said in a video for Vogue.com’s Life in Looks series. “So, this is what I came in, except I had a big fluffy, puffy coat that my friends at Chrome Hearts made me. I’ve had these jeans forever; they are patched over patches. And so, I love them. They’re not particularly attractive but I don’t really care.”

However, Cher went for style over comfort when she attended her first Met Gala back in 1974. The Believe hitmaker selected a nude Bob Mackie dress with silver sequins and white feather trim for the bash, with the provocative look certainly courting plenty of attention at the time.

“If you look at it, it looks like it’s stuck to me, and that’s because it is,” the 73-year-old recalled. “I think it was shocking for a lot of people because it was souffle, the dress was souffle, which was a material that was outlawed in America, you could only get it in France. Marlene Dietrich had her beaded dresses made out of it. And so, when you put it on, Bob sprayed it on with a little hand sprayer, and it just sticks to your skin, so it looks like your skin is beaded. I think people were a little taken aback.”

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Kim Kardashian had two versions of Givenchy gown made for 2013 Met Gala

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed f…

Kim Kardashian had to choose between two gowns at the last minute before the 2013 Met Gala.

The reality TV star hit headlines when she stepped out in the skintight floral Givenchy gown designed by Riccardo Tisci alongside Kanye West at the Punk-themed fashion event six years ago.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks series, Kim explained that she was still trying to decide between the flower-print dress and a black version of the same style right up until the event started.

“We had a black version of this and then the floral version. And I was like, ‘I think I should just do the black version.’ And Riccardo’s like, ‘No come on you have to do the floral,'” she recalled, adding that the designer felt it better suited the occasion because she was pregnant with her daughter North West at the time. “Riccardo had said afterwards, ‘What do you give a woman when she’s pregnant? You send her flowers.’ It was such a sweet message, how Riccardo described it. But I was so insecure, and I could never really speak up at that point ’cause I was so shy and just wanted to make everyone happy.”

Kim went on to note that U.S. Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour had previously told Riccardo that she preferred the floral version. Following the Met Gala, Kim was subjected to a tirade of criticism and Internet memes, with many comparing the look to upholstery or outfits worn by Robin Williams in 1993 film Mrs. Doubtfire.

“I was crying, like, the whole way home because I just couldn’t believe it. There were all these memes about me and this couch. I think Robin Williams even tweeted it, said I looked like Mrs. Doubtfire. It was like this whole thing, so I just cried,” the 39-year-old remembered.

Yet, Kim found great comfort in the reaction she received from The Row designers Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

“I just remember (Mary-Kate and Ashley) came up to me and loved my outfit and my gloves,” she smiled. “So, none of the critics mattered because the Olsen twins approved.”

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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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Laverne Cox wears wigs to protect her natural hair

Laverne Cox loves wearing wigs so she can protect her natural hair and scalp.The Orange is the New Black star frequently wears wigs and weaves so she is aware that traction alopecia – hair loss caused by frequent pulling or friction against the hair – …

Laverne Cox loves wearing wigs so she can protect her natural hair and scalp.

The Orange is the New Black star frequently wears wigs and weaves so she is aware that traction alopecia – hair loss caused by frequent pulling or friction against the hair – can develop as a result, so she is always extra cautious when installing extensions and weaves, especially around her delicate hairline, and has loose cornrows underneath her wigs rather than tight braids.

“You want to make sure that under your weave, your hair is braided down – and not too tight,” she explained to InStyle. “When we’re braiding, we braid around (the perimeter) of the hair to really be protecting my edges as much as possible. With wigs, the rubbing of the lace is real, so sometimes changing the position of your wigs helps, also.”

The 47-year-old went completely natural with her hair back in 2011 after hair relaxers destroyed her locks and now goes by the mantra of less is more when it comes to haircare.

“I don’t wash my hair that much – I probably wash my hair every two weeks with the braids. And then depending on my schedule, ideally once a month, sometimes six weeks, I take my braids out. We wash, deep condition, sometimes do a hot oil treatment, and then we braid her back up,” she shared.

Elsewhere in the interview, Laverne confessed that she loves “the drama” of wigs and has been inspired to try out different colours following her icy blue look at this year’s Met Gala.

“When (hairstylist) Kiyah (Wright) brought out that ice blue hair, I was like, ‘Yes.’ Then we started playing with colour after that. We did some silver, we did some pink hair, and I want to do more colour,” she added.

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