Billy Porter makes a dramatic entry on the red carpet at The 2021 Fashion Awards

Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN

On a cold evening in London, the fashion industry has stepped out on the red carpet for the 2021 Fashion Awards, hosted by the British Fashion Council.

Billy Porter hosts the night at the Royal Albert Hall and made a dramatic entrance to the event with an entourage of dancers. The “Pose” and “Cinderella” actor wore a glittery patterned black and silver dress with sculptural shoulders by designer Richard Quinn, as well as black platform heeled boots. The dancers arrived in floral prints and black PVC suits – some completely incognito in top-to-toe jumpsuits, also made by Richard Quinn. They spun, rolled and made rags in front of Porter’s entrance, writhing around him as he entered.

Richard Quinn is one of five designers battling tonight to win the BFC Foundation Award, which honors new talent. Priya Ahluwalia, Nensi Dojaka, Bianca Saunders and Bethany Williams are also nominated.

Other celebrities who wore Quinn tonight include Priyanka Chopra Jonas in a wavy floral dress, Hailee Steinfeld in a glittery backless polka dot jumpsuit and Addison Rae in a pink and black mermaid dress.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas will attend the 2021 Fashion Awards at the Royal Albert Hall on 29 November 2021 in London, England.

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

Elsewhere on the red carpet, Gabrielle Union arrived in a statement-making Valentino couture dress, Maria Sharapova wore a dress made from recycled Evian bottles by Iris van Herpen, and Tom Daley wore a deep blue asymmetrical suit from Christian Dior.

Gabrielle Union spoke in Valentino couture.

Gabrielle Union spoke in Valentino couture. Credit: Stephane Cardinale / Corbis / Getty Images

“British fashion for me … there’s something so incredible when you can go from street style to formal style, unique style, gendered queer style,” Daley said on the red carpet in a TikTok video posted by The Fashion Awards, which livestreamed the red carpet on the social media platform. “Just to represent yourself the way you want, wear what you want and just be you, and I love that about London (especially).”

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

British Olympic diver Tom Daley poses on the red carpet on arrival. Credit: Mike Marsland / WireImage / Getty Images

Lily Allen and Demi Moore both arrived at Fendi, where Moore posed in her ombre knee-length dress alongside Fendi’s creative director Kim Jones. Tonight, Jones is up for the designer of the year, competing for the title with Jonathan Anderson, Demna Gvasalia, Daniel Lee and Prada’s creative directors Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons.

The event follows an award ceremony in 2020 that was completely virtual due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and comes as many countries around the world announce new travel restrictions due to the Omicron variant. It also takes place a day after the devastating news of the death of groundbreaking designer Virgil Abloh. Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s artistic director of menswear and founder of Off-White, died of cancer at the age of 41.

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