Critics’ Choice Awards 2020: Billy Porter in Hogan McLaughlin

Posted on January 13, 2020

Not that he needs to hear it, but we once again have to offer our support of the direction Mr. Porter’s taking his envelope-pushing style. He seems to be more aware than ever of the distinction between what he wants to do with fashion and being a drag queen or expressing a trans identity.



Designer Hogan McLaughlin released a statement explaining that he took inspiration from the iconic and boundary-pushing jumpsuits of David Bowie in the 1970s. The idea has been streamlined, minimalized and glamourized in this rendering.  In other words, Billy and the designer are expressing a very queer look utilizing a formal womenswear aesthetic and taking inspiration from a cisgender man who identified as straight for most of his adult life (he walked back from the ’70s bi expression). There’s a LOT in that mix and we have no doubt Billy is absolutely aware of the implications of all of it. He’s taking fashion beyond gender norms, but also beyond being slotted into orientation categories. This isn’t queer, straight, male or female. It’s all of it.

LOVE the butterflies.



Style Credits:
– Custom Hogan McLaughlin Celadon and Evergreen Two-tone Silk Faille Jumpsuit
Lynn Ban Jewelry
Jimmy Choo Clutch

Styled by Sam Ratelle | Grooming and Butterfly Tattoos by Anna Bernabe | Nails by Vanessa Sanchez McCullough


[Photo Credit: JENNIFER GRAYLOCK/, Hahn Lionel/ABACA/]

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