- Billy Porter’s mechanical fringed hat inspired the best memes of the night at the Grammy Awards.
- FYI, Billy’s hat was partially inspired by Billie Eilish.
Last night, Billy Porter arrived—no, wait, I’m sorry, lemme start over. Last night, Billy Porter ALL-CAPS ARRIVED at the 2020 Grammy Awards red carpet wearing a magnificently fringed sparkling blue outfit designed by Baja East. And of course, the most instantly iconic part of said outfit was a motorized fringe hat that opened to reveal Billy’s face. Stylist Sam Ratelle told E! News that he was actually carrying a remote control that opened the hat whenever Billy gave a signal, allowing moments like this to happen:
If you watched this video and were immediately like, “Wow, me when my boss calls my name in a meeting,” the internet is right there with you. Behold, a few of the best Billy Porter hat memes the internet has blessed us with:
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 getting ready to reply, “per my last email” pic.twitter.com/ug5QhXwQqd— Kevin Glueck (@kevin_glueck) 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?
So, apparently, Billy and stylist Sam Ratelle worked with Baja East designer Scott Studenberg and milliner Sarah Sokol to make the hat, and turns out, Billie Eilish inspired the look. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Ratelle explained:
“Billy and Billie Eilish had a beautiful moment on the red carpet at the [American Music Awards] where they both gushed over each other’s hats. Billie was wearing a Victorian-inspired beekeeper bonnet with netting covering her face. After the event, Billy jokingly told me he loved her look, but after 30 years of working his way to Hollywood, ‘Y’all are gonna see my face!’”
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