We usually start off these Style File posts with some variation on “So-and-So had himself a WEEK,” but honestly, when does Billy Porter ever NOT have himself a week when there are red carpets to be walked. Behold a maestro, showing everyone else how it’s done.
Billy Porter in Baja East at the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party
We’re going to do something we rarely do with Billy’s fashion: give it something of a formal critique. It’s always fun to praise him for his boldness, queerness and impact, but he’s established some expectations by now and we feel a few things here aren’t quite working. We love the dress, which has a relaxed style slightly unusual for him, since he prefers somewhat overwrought high-impact looks. The neckline/pendant combo look great and the subdued color really works with the black accents. Having said that, we don’t think the hat adds anything to the look and the shape of the jacket doesn’t work all that well with the dress.
Billy Porter in Alex Vinash at the Golden Globes 2020
For the main event he returned to his usual exuberance and landed like the fashion bomb he is. We like this, but don’t love it. We’ve seen him combine formal menswear with drag-inspired elements, but that train looks a bit too much like cowboy chaps from certain angles. It doesn’t marry well with the suit and looks kind of heavy.
First Look: Baja East Ensemble | Halomimi Hat | Thom Browne Glasses | Konstantino Jewelry | Coach Boots
Second Look: Alex Vinash Ensemble | Tiffany & Co. Jewelry | Emm Kuo Handbag | Jimmy Choo Shoes
Styled by Sam Ratelle
[Photo Credit: Sara De Boer/startraksphoto.com, JENNIFER GRAYLOCK/INSTARimages.com, Kevork Djansezian/NBC]
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