Billy Porter Did Not Come to Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to Play

Posted on January 04, 2021

They say that New Year’s Eve is “amateur night” for the partying set, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at Billy Porter’s hosting ensembles for New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Mister was not going to show up looking thrown together or worse, like he didn’t care. And he certainly wasn’t going to show up in something basic or worse, forgettable. In fact, anyone who thought he was going to show up with only one outfit clearly doesn’t know Mr. Porter all that well. He came to SLAY, as he always does.


Rick Owens

It’s interesting to note that he didn’t indulge too deeply in womenswear pieces this time, although we don’t think that has anything to do with wanting to appear more respectable to a mainstream audience. We think his penchant for ballgowns and massive skirts has just played itself out. He certainly hasn’t returned to the normal, though. His love of volume and odd silhouettes is still there. Love the coat and the gloves, but we don’t think wide-legged pants work here.


Ludovic De Saint Sernin and Botter

Queer Santa. And we’re living for it.




Dior Homme

Probably the most conventional look we’ve seen him wear in some time, if you can call glitter shoes, a sequined sweater and massive suede gloves “conventional. We love the look, although we struggle with the turtleneck and we’re not sure the way the gloves are worn over the sleeves of the coat actually works all that well.


Georges Hobeika and Christoph Rumpf

Give it up for the man – that is the most fabulous face mask we’ve seen yet. We love how it’s perfectly coordinated to the suit. Wwe thought we’d be seeing way more coordinated-to-the-ensemble masks on celebrities this past year, but it never really became a thing. The faux fur is fab, but we tend to think it’s fighting with the suit a bit. If we have one overriding critique for his ensembles, it’s that they could almost always use a little editing – not in some attempt toward restrained elegance, but because he always tends to wear show-stopping items with other show-stopping items and they often wind up fighting each other for visual dominance. Still, we thank him for this quadruple-shot of queer fabulousness to kick off the year.





Style Credits:
First Look: Rick Owens Ensemble from the Fall 2020 Collection | Lorraine Schwartz Brooch | Esenshel Hat
Second Look: Ludovic De Saint Sernin Coat from the Fall 2020 Collection | Botter Suit from the Fall 2020 Collection | Lorraine Schwartz Brooch | Portolano Gloves | Giuseppe Zanotti Shoes
Third Look: Dior Homme Ensemble from the Fall 2020 Collection | Lorraine Schwartz Bracelet | Lady Grey Ear Cuffs | Christian Louboutin Loafers
Fourth Look: Georges Hobeika Faux Fur Coat | Christoph Rumpf Suit | Alan Crocetti Ear Cuff | Syro Shoes

Styled by Ty Hunter and Colin Anderson


[Photo Credit: ABC/Jeff Neira – Ty Hunter/Instagram]

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