Lewis Hamilton bought a Met Gala table for emerging black fashion designers

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Lewis Hamilton’s influence extends far beyond F1.

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If you needed more proof than Lewis Hamilton is an incredible force in the racing world and beyond, not even two days later a very scary Formula 1 accident in Italy, he rode on the Met Gala Red Carpet in New York on Monday to promote emerging black fashion designers.

This year’s theme Met Gala was “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion”, centering on American style and independence. Individual tickets to the Met cost over $30,000 while full tables cost over $275,000 and usually the big designers or fashion houses buy them and invite the celebrities to dress up for the night, which making it difficult for up-and-coming designers and stars to make an impact at the event, which is being called “fashion’s biggest night”. That makes what Hamilton did particularly powerful: the seven-time world champion bought his own table and invited four young black designers as guests.

Red carpet presenter Keke Palmer asked Hamilton how her outfit related to this year’s theme and said he felt “really, really lucky” that Vogue editor Anna Wintour agreed to host his table. “I brought four amazing talented young black designers,” he said, “so we’ve got a lot of people tonight and it’s just about showcasing beauty and excellence and talent.”

Accompanying Hamilton was the American designer Kenneth Nicholson, who created a bespoke suit with a mid-calf lace shirt. In an Instagram post, Hamilton said “Nicholson’s craftsmanship and point of view are advancing menswear in truly inspiring ways.” With Nicholson and superstar stylist Roach Law, the other participants with Hamilton were designers Theophile and Jason Rembertmodel Alton Masonthe singer Kehlani and the athletes Miles Chamley-Watson and Sha’Carri Richardson.

After the Gala red carpet live stream ended, Vogue released a video with Hamilton talking more about her table and her work in the fashion world. “We live in a time where diversity and inclusion is so important and it’s something I fight for in my industry,” he said. Earlier this year, Hamilton launched the Mission 44 Foundation to “advocate and empower young people from under-represented groups” in the UK and he has also launched his own Hamilton Commission as well as the joint Ignite program with Mercedes to increase diversity in F1 in particular.

Speaking about his work in F1 and how that influenced him to buy the table, Hamilton said: “I realized it was very similar in the fashion industry. Lots 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 made sense and it’s something that will kick off and spark a conversation. When people will see us all together, it will put these black creators at the top of people’s minds.”

Hamilton is no stranger to the Met Gala, or the fashion world in general – this was his sixth appearance at the Met since 2015. He has collaborated on several occasions with Tommy Hilfiger, is a frequent guest at the week of fashion and is said to be one of the investors who bought W magazine. Not to mention all the streetwear looks he serves up every week in the F1 paddock.

We’re just waiting for this first album now Lewis.

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