Billy Porter slays London Fashion Week with 7 outfit changes in under 48 hours

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The small-screen star just gave fashion insiders a lesson in the art of front-row dressing courtesy of cowboy hats, sequinned capes and sky-high platforms.

Pose star Billy Porter just gave industry heavyweights a lesson in the art of front-row dressing by wearing a grand total of seven outfits in under 48 hours at London Fashion Week. From feathered capes to sky-high platforms the street style set couldn’t last a show in (we’re sure glad flip-flops are in), the 49-year-old’s looks were enough to divert our eyes away from the runway.

Though it’s no wonder Porter’s outfits sparked a flurry of not-so-subtle iPhone flashes, as the small screen star kickstarted the sartorial proceedings as he meant to go on in a satin tuxedo at the Sharon Waucho spring/summer 20 show - a trend only just spotted at Ralph Lauren during New York Fashion Week.

Billy Porter at the Sharon Wauchob spring/summer 20 show

Next up was Henry Holland – and despite the notoriously tight Fashion Week schedule which sees show attendees dash across the capital with invites stashed beneath their arm – he somehow found ample time to switch up his look. This time, stealing the spotlight in a hot pink blazer over a crisp white shirt.

A feathered headpiece and a pair of super-shined platforms (which he could well have nabbed from the wardrobe department of Pose), completed the show-ready ensemble. 

Billy Porter at the Henry Holland spring/summer 20 show

If that wasn’t enough to please the fashion peacock within all of us - Porter was later photographed on the Halpern front row in a punchy yellow floor-sweeping gown with an equally fabulous cape draped over the top - a surefire sign that sunny hues are here to brighten up the dreary London weather.

Billy Porter at the Halpern spring/summer 20 show

But the front row action didn’t stop there, as the second day of London Fashion Week simply gave Porter yet another opportunity to flex his sartorial muscles. 

Diverting our phones from the runway once more, the Hollywood name arrived at the Preen show in a flared monochrome jumpsuit with his diamanté choker and bang-on-trend cowboy hat reminding us to up our accessories game this season.

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Billy Porter at the Preen spring/summer 20 show
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After rocking up to the Roland Mouret show in a powder blue cape we wouldn’t half mind borrowing, he changed into a yet another retro ensemble before taking a front row seat alongside Helen Mirren at Victoria Beckham. 

Proving he’s ahead of the game, the star’s look was surprisingly in keeping with the models gracing the runway decked in 70s inspired tailoring, colour-block hues and frill bib shirts. The printed bandana and split-hem trousers? Porter sure took note of last season’s show notes too. 

Billy Porter at the Victoria Beckham spring/summer 20 show

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Billy Porter at the Roland Mouret spring/summer 20 show

Excuse us while we take a quick breather, as he gave a whole new meaning to Sunday night attire at the Ashish SS20 extravaganza. Reminding us once again that we should play around with fashion this season, Porter dug out his dancing shoes (a supersized pair of studded boots to be precise). 

Despite show attendees always showing up at the door decked in the designer’s signature sequins, Porter still managed to lead every celebrity round-up on the internet in a silver draped blouse, thigh-split skirt and an equally jazzy update on his signature glasses.

Billy Porter at the Ashish spring/summer 20 show

With two more days of London Fashion Week shows to go (big-hitters JW Anderson and Burberry have yet to present their latest offerings), we’re sure to see more from Porter this season.

Though his astronomic rise to fashion stardom is not entirely surprising, as the Broadway name has been winning best-dressed lists across the globe in recent months. 

Most recently, Porter reigned the headlines courtesy of the bespoke Christian Siriano tuxedo gown he wore to the 2019 Oscars. While his social media-worthy nod to Ancient Egypt at the Met Gala earned him the most over-the-top entrance of the year award (he was famously carried in by six shirtless men).

In the meantime, we’ll try our very best to deliver the trends from London Fashion Week as it happens (if we can steal our eyes away from Porter’s Fashion Month closet for one moment). 

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