Billy Porter makes history in a Michael Kors sequin zoot suit at the Emmys

Billy Porter always brings it on the red carpet and last night’s Emmys were no exception. He was in a Michael Kors silver sequin striped suit with a fringe scarf instead of a tie, giant stack heels and an amazing Steven Jones hat that looked like a giant checkmark. As he told Kelly Osbourne on the red carpet he was the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy and he won! He won lead actor in a drama for his work in Pose and that was one of the best moments of the night. You can see part of his acceptance speech here. He opened with “the category is love” and a James Baldwin quote and it was amazing. Plus his Pose co-stars were in tears. This is the first time I’m seeing his silver manicure and I love it.


Billy’s costar Indya Moore was in Louis Vuitton, in a structured white gown with a gold zipper. That zipper pull makes the dress and her minimal accessories and styling really work. Look at how the necklace contrasts just enough with the circular zipper pull on the dress. It’s clever and she looks gorgeous.

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MJ Rodriguez was in a hot pink Jason Wu floor length gown accented with two black bows at the waist. In her E! interview she said she wanted it to be angular and stand out on the red carpet, which she definitely achieved. I was moved when she explained knowing who she was at seven. This whole look was incredible.



Janet Mock was also a standout in bright orange Valentino featuring an asymmetric neckline with a giant tiered bow and a matching bustle. Not everyone can wear Valentino but I think she’s working this! Her makeup is perfect too.



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  1. Some chick says:

    Love them all except the white zipper one. That bodice, yikes! Her hair & makeup (and legs!) all look stunna. It’s just those cups.

    The pink dress, OMG yessss. So. Gorgeous! The orange one, too (and with a pocket, no less!)

    And Billy rules, as ever. So glad he won!!!

  2. ichsi says:

    Indya goes by they/them pronouns as I understand it. Billy looks best here, I really don’t like the leg cut outs, it looks like they’re wearing a bathing suit and a beach skirt like this and the proportions of MJ’s dress are off. Janet is being eaten by a giant bow.

    • Cupcake says:

      Billy is the winner in this group, for the hat alone. The hat is the star and the rest of the outfit feels like an accessory. I was going to make the same comment about Indya’s preferred pronouns being they/them.

    • Jamie says:

      Yes, Indya uses the they/them pronouns, so I think we should respect that.

      They all look fabulous. I can’t even pick a favorite among the group.

  3. Wilady says:

    The more I look at that structured white zippered gown, the more I like it. Her body looks absolutely sick in that dress, and I’m here for it!

  4. Alexandria says:

    I wish Billy had worn a dress but anyway congrats to him!!

  5. JanetFerber says:

    Wow! Billy looks amazing.

  6. Brunswickstoval says:

    Indya Moore definitely goes by they/them.

  7. HK9 says:

    I love this man, his suit & his hat!

  8. Moneypenny says:

    Billy Porter has been my favorite celebrity for the past few years and I was so happy to see him win. His work on Pose is so special–I love everything about that show! I am HERE for all of these looks, though Indya’s is my least favorite. The color is gorgeous on them though, the bag is killer and they would obviously look incredible in a paper bag.

  9. Insomniac says:

    I love Billy’s outfit, though I’m glad I wasn’t sitting behind him.

  10. Sunnee says:

    Janet Mock is brilliant, and so very gorgeous..

  11. Jb says:

    I loved when Billy thanked his mom when he won! My lord she looks like his sister, seriously she looked so proud of him!!

  12. ariel says:

    I recognize no queen, but the QUEEN IN THE NORTH. Billy Porter is my queen. He is everything.
    I am so thrilled that he won.
    Long time coming for him. I am glad he seems to be enjoying the hell out of it.

  13. BeanieBean says:

    Billy Porter looks great, but that’s not really a zoot suit; the jacket is too close-fitting, not quite long enough & the pants need to be pegged at the hem. Still a great suit.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I really need to watch Pose, it’s been on my list for a while. Congrats to Billy!

  15. Yes Doubtful says:

    Billy Porter’s hat is everything!

  16. Doglas23 says:

    Thrilled for Billy Porter! Everyone looks fabulous from the POSE family!