- Billy Porter arrived to the 2020 Grammy Awards in a blue crystal Baja East jumpsuit and matching fringed hat by Sarah Sokol Millinery.
- The row of dangling crystals hanging from his hat brim was mechanically powered to part and reveal his face.
- Naturally, the Internet memed the impressive headpiece.
The Grammys red carpet is not for the faint of heart, and that's exactly why sartorial king Billy Porter crushed it. The Pose star—known for astonishing outfits like his Oscars tuxedo dress and Met Gala sun god ensemble—brought his A game to tonight's ceremony in a custom, blue crystal jumpsuit by Baja East, complete with a matching cropped jacket, silver platform shoes, and tiered crystal fringe dangling from the hems of his pants.
The real focal point of the look, however, was the mechanically-retracting fringe bucket hat, made in collaboration with Sarah Sokol, which alluded to the the milliner's line of "paparazzi-proof" headpieces. But if inconspicuousness was what Porter was going for, he achieved the complete opposite with this look. (It has over 70,000 hand-placed crystals, for crying out loud.)
After Porter's hat fringe magically parted ways to reveal his face, the Internet became quickly fixated. The headpiece inspired a meme that sums up how you feel when you're nosy or just ready to stir the pot.
Me: I hate drama— Sam Stryker (@sbstryker) January 27, 2020
Also me when there’s drama: pic.twitter.com/sCyKFgnzZK
“Juuuuuust gonna sit here and mind my business.” pic.twitter.com/kH9TraYuiv— lauren warren (@iamlaurenp) January 27, 2020
What the Starbucks drive thru cashier sees when I pull up hungover in last night’s makeup and clothes pic.twitter.com/D5NdbfRmEL— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) January 27, 2020
Me: I can’t go out, I’m trying to save money this week— dunc city (@whduncan) January 27, 2020
Friend: wanna go to happy hour?
Billy Porter's silver fringe makes him look like Geordi LaForge's fabulous cousin on his mother's side, Gorgeous LaForge. pic.twitter.com/tTOYuFSNa4— R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) January 27, 2020
me waking up when I hear someone sparking another Lpic.twitter.com/llw6MhA1qB— The FADER (@thefader) January 27, 2020
the cashier at the mcdonald’s drive thru when i pull up pic.twitter.com/RTLgLhwVRr— gabe bergado (@gabebergado) January 27, 2020
Me when a customer has the audacity to ask me a question https://t.co/7nCVtU0Ujb— kerry jo (@kerry__jo) January 27, 2020
Me: don’t give attention to climate deniers— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) January 27, 2020
Also me, when there’s a particularly deranged new contribution from a climate denier: pic.twitter.com/OFHMvoBc9H
Me getting ready to reply, “per my last email” pic.twitter.com/ug5QhXwQqd— Kevin Glueck (@kevin_glueck) January 27, 2020
Porter, already a Grammy Winner from his time on Broadway's Kinky Boots, wasn't nominated for any awards this year (though he did introduce a performance). His hat, however, deserves a trophy of some kind.
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