We have never talked about Lewis Hamilton on this website but his recent style evolution and his MET Gala outfit were so worth of recognition that we could not wait to write about it–and you’ll understand why shortly.
Hamilton donned a custom Kenneth Nicholson Italian black woolen tailored jacket with creased Italian woolen tailored trousers, paired with pure white embroidered lace long sleeve shirt with side insert.
The Black F1 pilot accessorized the look with black Bottega Veneta square-toe boots, a Jacob & Co. lapel pin and different kinds of diamond jewelry: from earrings, to rings and also a barely visible necklace.
Hamilton invited to the Gala an entire table’s worth of Black designers, musicians, athletes and creatives for the evening. The pilot revealed W Magazine that “he wanted to come with an entourage that was meaningful, but that would also start a conversation and put Black designers top of mind for the fashion community”.
To finalize the list of people sitting at his table, Hamilton consulted his stylist Law Roach and Anna Wintour and her team. He chose Nicholson, Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, and Jason Rembert of Aliétte. Kehlani, the model Alton Mason, American track and field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson and the fencer Miles Chamley-Watson were also in attendance.
A ticket for the event costs around $35,000, while tables range from $200,000-$300,000. That makes it hard for young designers to afford going to the event and, generally, tables are bought by big designers who invite the celebrities who will be photographed wearing their outfits.
The motive behind such an altruistic gesture was revealed by Hamilton to Vogue US: “We’re living in a time where diversity and inclusion is so important, and that’s why I started this organization [The Hamilton Commission] within my own sport. I realized it’s very similar in the fashion industry. A lot of young brands and designers don’t have the same opportunities, so that’s what really set me off.”
“The Met is the biggest fashion event of the year, and for this theme, I wanted to create something that was meaningful and would spark a conversation, so that when people see us all together, it will put these Black designers at the top of people’s minds.”
We are sure that his promotion will increase these specific brands sales in no time–they all deserve it and they are wrongly overlooked.
It took three hairstylists (who were of course Black) to style his hair in faux locs.
We weren’t able to find any information regarding his makeup, even though in the backstage photos there is clearly someone working on his face. If we’ll eventually find the missing piece, we’ll update this article promptly.