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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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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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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Billy Porter wows in sparkly pinstripe suit and platforms at Emmy Awards

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award …

Billy Porter wowed in a sparkly pinstripe suit, custom-made hat and platforms as he made history with his win at the 2019 Emmy Awards.

The 50-year-old actor became the first openly gay black man to win the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series award at the annual ceremony on Sunday.

And the Pose star did not disappoint on the Emmys purple carpet, wearing a Michael Kors custom-made pantsuit, black leather platforms and a black asymmetrical hat exclusively handmade by Stephen Jones.

Porter shared a sneak peek at his outfit on Instagram and told his followers that he was living his truth.

“Y’all just don’t know what this moment means to me. Here’s to celebrating 50 years of life, 30 years of hard work and learning to embrace the JOY! This isn’t for me… It’s for US!” he wrote.

Porter’s famous friends were quick to show their support for the Tony Award-winning star, with designer Marc Jacobs commenting: “Hell yes to that fit!”

“This ensemble is everything!” actress Debra Messing wrote, while singer Ricky Martin added: “Bravo Billy!”

Another stunning look on the purple carpet came from Zendaya, who rocked a custom emerald-green Vera Wang gown with a racy thigh high split and a sheer corset for the Emmys.

The Euphoria star wore matching Brian Atwood silk stilettos to complete her outfit, which was simply accessorised with Cartier jewellery.

And the 23-year-old styled her red hair in loose waves and kept her make-up subtle, with a chic smokey eye and bold brows, along with a slick of clear lip gloss.

Fans took to social media to share their joy at Zendaya’s stunning look, which some compared to DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy.

“ZENDAYA CAME TO SERVE AT THE EMMYS. PERIOD,” one wrote, while journalist Evan Ross Katz commented: “Zendaya serving Poison Ivy realness on the #Emmys red carpet.”

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Billy Porter uses fashion to explore different identities

Billy Porter picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.The Pose actor is known for making a splash on red carpets by wearing dresses, extravagant styles, and for rewriting the rulebook on what men should wear in public. Speaking to V…

Billy Porter picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.

The Pose actor is known for making a splash on red carpets by wearing dresses, extravagant styles, and for rewriting the rulebook on what men should wear in public.

Speaking to Vogue, Porter shared that he is not limited by gender when it comes to clothing and picks his outfits depending on who he wants to be that day.

“For me, as an actor, fashion has always been about, ‘Who do I want to be today?’ ‘What do I want to embody today?’ And allowing myself to explore that in a way that we don’t generally get to do very often,” he said. “We have structured it so much based on gender, that it has been really fun to take those gender shackles off, and (to remove) that desire or need to be masculine in a world that stresses that that’s the ‘better’ thing to be – and (instead to) just simply be. Be who you are, and what you feel you are in any given moment. So that’s what I’m doing with fashion. It’s fun.”

The 49-year-old admitted he didn’t feel free to experiment in the first 25 years of his career but he no longer feels pressure to conform.

“For the first 25 years of my career, I felt very pigeon-holed. Not anymore. Now, I’m too old to feel pressure about anything,” he added. “I’m gonna be 50 on September 21. F**k pressure! I show up. I do my job. I’ve been doing it for all my life. All I have to do is be myself. The shackles have been taken off: I’m free.”

Porter recently earned headlines for the showstopping looks he rocked during London Fashion Week, with him wearing an astonishing 15 outfits in four days.

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Billy Porter: ‘No one can tell me what to wear’

Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants. The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards. While Billy ma…

Billy Porter has never let anybody stop him from wearing what he wants.

The Pose actor has become something of a red carpet sensation this year, hitting headlines for wearing dresses to glitzy events such as the Oscars and Tony Awards.

While Billy may have become known for his daring and unique style recently, he has now insisted that he has always been into fashion and unafraid of wearing bold outfits, no matter what anybody thinks.

“I’ve always had a fashion thing,” he told ES magazine. “I’ve always loved fashion; I grew up in the black church and the black church is a fashion show. I never let anybody deter me from the things I wanted to wear.”

The Tony Award-winning actor, who starred in Broadway musical Kinky Boots when it opened in 2013, credits his grandmother and great aunt with giving him advice which inspired how he dresses.

“My grandmother and my great aunt taught me to dress for the job you want, not the one you have,” the 49-year-old recalled. “I remember getting Kinky Boots, and I decided to go ‘geek chic,’ I was calling my look… People literally thought I was crazy. It was like, I have a job I want, it’s beyond this, I gotta show up for that.”

Revealing the next gig he was dressing for, Billy said, “I got that job I wanted by the way. Which is being a fashion icon, darling!”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in June, his stylist Sam Ratelle revealed that they are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the star clothes in the past.

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Billy Porter’s mainstream success forcing designers to change attitudes

Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series…

Billy Porter and his stylist Sam Ratelle are now being “hounded” by designers who have refused to send the Pose star clothes in the past.

Before finding a legion of new fans thanks to his role as Pray Tell in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s hit TV series, about the ball culture in ’80s New York, Billy was known as one of Broadway’s leading stars.

Thanks to Pose, Billy is now a household name, and over the last six months has brought his unique style to the mainstream red carpets at events like the Oscars, Golden Globes and the Met Gala.

“The very people who said, ‘No and no again,’ are literally hounding us,” Sam laughed to The Hollywood Reporter. “If there’s a change of heart, we’ll listen to it. But we don’t want to be anywhere that we’re not welcome. And it’s so funny, because they are interested in supporting when it works for them, but not when it doesn’t. ‘Come to the show and sit front row because you’re fabulous.’ However, when we go back and ask for things, it’s always a ‘no.'”

In February, the multi-talented star served as the official ambassador for New York Fashion Week’s men’s shows, sitting front row at numerous presentations.

He went on to stun at the 2019 Oscars, wearing a black velvet Christian Siriano ball gown, complete with a tuxedo jacket.

However, getting clothes sent in for the 49-year-old is no easy task.

“Others have told me in the best corporate way, ‘He’s a queen; we don’t want to work with him,’ or ‘He doesn’t have enough followers,’ or ‘We don’t like his Instagram aesthetic,’ or ‘He’s just not big enough.’ Which is generally what happens with Broadway talent,” Sam sighed. “Nobody wants to ever give them clothing. And these are often the most talented people in the world. They’re so deserving of looking fantastic. It’s a billion-dollar industry! We have to be able to open these doors.”

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Billy Porter wore curtain from Broadway’s Kinky Boots to 2019 Tony Awards

Billy Porter wore an outfit made from the red velvet curtain from the final performance of Kinky Boots to the 2019 Tony Awards. The 49-year-old, who fronted the Cyndi Lauper musical when it opened on Broadway in 2013, walked the Radio City Music Hall …

Billy Porter wore an outfit made from the red velvet curtain from the final performance of Kinky Boots to the 2019 Tony Awards.

The 49-year-old, who fronted the Cyndi Lauper musical when it opened on Broadway in 2013, walked the Radio City Music Hall red carpet on Sunday in an Elizabethan-inspired red-and-pink tuxedo top, tulle skirt, and matching cigarette pant made from the curtain.

The eye-catching ensemble was a sweet tribute to the musical, which landed Porter his first-ever Tony Award.

According to The New York Times, designers at handbag company Scenery Bags purchased the red velvet curtain after Kinky Boots closed in April last year and contacted the Pose star to see if the wanted it fashioned into a bag.

His stylist Sam Ratelle came up with the idea for the look and went to designer Sergio Guadarrama and creative director Cade Johnson of Celestino Couture to create the gown.

“I want to flip the question of what it means to be a man,” Porter told The New York Times ahead of the Tony Awards. “This question of masculinity, this sort of microscope of heteronormative masculinity that we are very often held up to, especially as leading men, needs to be shattered.

“You know, it’s toxic and I’m over it and I’ve lived it and I’m not doing it anymore.”

The dress also included an embroidered uterus as a nod to “empowering women’s reproductive rights,” and more than 30,000 Swarovski crystals.

“This is exactly what I was looking for – pants but drama,” he added.

The over-the-top star stunned in a custom Christian Siriano tuxedo gown for the Oscars back in February and was carried on a golden palanquin through the Met Gala pink carpet in a bejewelled Egyptian-inspired catsuit last month.

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