Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton who is known for his stylish tailored suits invited emerging Black fashion designers to fashion’s biggest night, the Met Gala.
As many watched, Hamilton stood out the most. Hamilton brought a table and invited four young designers a seat to the table where Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour hosted his table.
He stated that the Met Gala was “about just highlighting beauty and excellence and talent.”
Usually up and coming designers don’t often get the chance to be invited to the Met Gala due to seats being taken or not being invited because no one knows their name, yet. Individual tickets to the Met Gala can run up to $30,000 while full tables range from $200,000 – $300,000. Most designers are invited if they know the right people or pay for their own seat.
Hamilton said, “I realized it’s very similar within the fashion industry. A lot of brands, young designers don’t have the same opportunities and the Met is the biggest fashion event of the year. In this theme, I wanted to create something that was meaningful and it’s something that will start and spark a conversation. When people see us all together, it will put these Black designers at the top of peoples’ minds.”
The theme of the 2021 Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” centered on American style and independence.
Hamilton was with American designer Kenneth Nicholson, who created a custom suit complete with a lace calf-length shirt. In an Instagram post, Hamilton said Nicholson’s “craftsmanship and point of view advances menswear in truly inspiring ways.” Other attendees with Hamilton and Nicholson were designers, Edvin Thompson and Jason Rembert, celebrity stylist Law Roach, model Alton Mason, singer Kehlani and athletes Miles Chamley-Watson and Sha’Carri Richardson.
Nicholson customized an Italian black woolen tailored jacket and trousers, paired with a white embroidered lace long sleeve shirt with a side insert.
Hamilton has attended the Met Gala for 6 years, minus 2020 due to COVID, where he has collaborated with many known designers. He’s no stranger to the fashion world. Whether on the track or off the track Hamilton continues to make moves to give Black young aspiring creatives and artists the chance to be seen.