Billy Porter makes a dramatic red carpet entrance at The Fashion Awards 2021

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written by Jackie Palumbo, Granthshala

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On a chilly night in London, the fashion industry has walked the red carpet of the Fashion Awards 2021, organized by the British Fashion Council.

Billy Porter is hosting duties for the night at the Royal Albert Hall, and made a theatrical entry into the event with a crew of dancers. The “Pose” and “Cinderella” actor wore a stunningly patterned black and silver gown with sculpted shoulders from designer Richard Quinn, as well as black platform-heeled shoes. The dancers arrived in floral prints and black PVC outfits — some completely covertly in head-to-toe jumpsuits, which were also created by Richard Quinn. They would spin, roll and split before the porter’s entrance, circling around him as he walked in.

Richard Quinn is one of five designers competing to win the BFC Foundation Award tonight, which honors emerging talent. Priya Ahluwalia, Nancy Dozaka, Bianca Saunders and Bethany Williams are also nominated.


Other celebrities wearing Quinn tonight include Priyanka Chopra in a billowing floral gown, Hailee Steinfeld in a shimmery backless polka-dot jumpsuit, and Addison Rae in a pink and black mermaid gown.

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas attend The Fashion Awards 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2021 in London, England. Credit: Stephen Cardinal/Corbis/Getty Images

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Elsewhere on the red carpet, Gabrielle Union arrived in a statement-making chartreuse Valentino Couture gown, Maria Sharapova wore a dress made from recycled avian bottles by Iris Van Herpen, and Tom Daly wore a dark blue contrasting suit by Christian Dior Was.

Gabrielle Union made a statement at Valentino Couture.

Gabrielle Union made a statement at Valentino Couture. Credit: Stephen Cardinal/Corbis/Getty Images

On the red carpet in a TikTok video posted by The Fashion Awards, Daly said, “British fashion to me…is something that’s so incredible when you go from street style to formal style, unique style, gender-bending queer style. I can go.” Who live-streamed the red carpet on the social media platform. “Just represent yourself as you want, wear what you want and be just you, and I love that (especially) about London.”

British Olympic diver Tom Daly poses on the red carpet on arrival.

British Olympic diver Tom Daly poses on the red carpet on arrival. Credit: Ben Stansel / AFP / Getty Images

Lily Allen and Demi Moore both arrived at Fendi, with Moore posing next to Fendi creative director Kim Jones in her ombre knee-length gown. Tonight, Jones is up for Designer of the Year, competing for the title alongside Jonathan Anderson, Demna Gvasalia, Daniel Lee, and Prada’s co-creative directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons.

The event follows a 2020 awards ceremony that was completely virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and several countries around the world announced new travel restrictions due to the Omicron version. It also happens a day after the devastating news of the death of pioneering designer Virgil Abloh. Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear and the founder of Off-White, has died of cancer at the age of 41.


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