Lewis Hamilton Made Sure Black Designers Had A Place At The Met Gala

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"THIS is what people should be doing with access and privilege. Very dope of him."

By Ade Onibada

Posted on September 14, 2021, at 2:27 p.m. ET

British race car driver Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to the Met Gala as a veteran attendee with several fashion moments to his name.

For this year’s gala, however, the sporting champion opted to use his star power for another cause: highlighting emerging Black talent.

Hamilton told Vogue that he wanted to create a space for up-and-coming Black designers, and with the support of the event's cochair, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the Met was the perfect opportunity to do so.

“I wanted to create a table around supporting and celebrating up-and-coming young Black designers, and we’re living in a time where diversity and inclusion is so important,” Hamilton said.

The 36-year-old, who launched his foundation Mission 44 to champion fairness and inclusion, attended the gala with designers Kenneth Nicholson, Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, and Jason Rembert of Aliette.

“Young designers don't have the same opportunities, and so that's really why I wanted to support young up-and-coming talent and the Met is the biggest fashion event of the year,” Hamilton said.

The racing champion said he hoped that by bringing the designers together for the night on a major fashion stage, he could create a “meaningful” moment.

“I wanted to take the opportunity and something that would start and spark a conversation. So when people see us all together, they'll be asking and put these Black designers at the top of people's minds, particularly in the fashion community,” he added.

The seven-time Formula One World Champion wore a look from Nicholson and praised the young designer for his “truly inspiring” craftsmanship in menswear.

The gala made its return at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. This year’s theme was a nod to American fashion.

Lewis Hamilton and designer Kenneth Nicholson attend the Met Gala on Sept. 13, 2021.

Just 24 hours before the event, Hamilton narrowly escaped serious injury after being involved in a collision at the Italian Grand Prix.

“It's days like today, I am reminded of how lucky I am. It takes a millisecond to go from racing to a very scary situation. Today someone must have been looking down, watching over me!” Hamilton tweeted.

It's days like today, I am reminded of how lucky I am. It takes a millisecond to go from racing to a very scary situation. Today someone must have been looking down, watching over me! #TeamLH: I'm so thankful for each and everyone of you, you are truly the best. Still we rise!

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, representatives for Hamilton added that the racing champion was equally committed to improving the diversity of the fashion industry as he was his own industry.

“Lewis recognizes it’s not only UK motorsport that needs to change to become more inclusive and hopes by inviting these designers, their work will be celebrated at one of the biggest fashion events of the year and their attendance will spark much needed conversation around the change that is still needed to make the fashion industry more inclusive,” the statement said.

The gesture has been applauded for its impact and ensuring Black designers were included in fashion's biggest night.

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The "Black designers" Lewis Hamilton bought a table for at the #MetGala have names: Theophilio (designer Edvin Thompson) & Kenneth Nicholson. For all the "where were the Black designers" chatter be sure to amplify the ones who were there & the looks they created.

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One Day After Near-Death Crash, Lewis Hamilton Hosts Black Designers at Met Gala

InsideHook 14 September, 2021 - 01:56pm

On Monday night, 36-year-old Hamilton was in the last place you’d expect for someone having just endured a near-death experience: walking the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York City. Not only was the F1 driver attending, something he has done multiple times before, he was spending six figures to host three emerging Black designers at an event that normally stars household fashion names like Versace, Chanel and Tom Ford.

the past 48 hours of lewis hamilton’s life has been more eventful than my entire existence #MetGala pic.twitter.com/S0pMbhqHEq

The theme for this year’s Met Gala was “American Independence,” linked to the Costume Institute’s exhibit “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion.” Instead of relying on inspiration from the past, Hamilton focused on the future, inviting the designers Kenneth Nicholson, Jason Rembert and Edvin Thompson. (Hamilton also wore an ensemble created by Nicholson.) His support here in the fashion world is an extension of his commitment to diversity in racing; Hamilton is the first and only Black driver to race in the elite F1 class.

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Lewis Hamilton Made Sure Black Designers Had A Place At The Met Gala

Sportscasting 14 September, 2021 - 01:27pm

"THIS is what people should be doing with access and privilege. Very dope of him."

By Ade Onibada

Posted on September 14, 2021, at 2:27 p.m. ET

British race car driver Lewis Hamilton is no stranger to the Met Gala as a veteran attendee with several fashion moments to his name.

For this year’s gala, however, the sporting champion opted to use his star power for another cause: highlighting emerging Black talent.

Hamilton told Vogue that he wanted to create a space for up-and-coming Black designers, and with the support of the event's cochair, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, the Met was the perfect opportunity to do so.

“I wanted to create a table around supporting and celebrating up-and-coming young Black designers, and we’re living in a time where diversity and inclusion is so important,” Hamilton said.

The 36-year-old, who launched his foundation Mission 44 to champion fairness and inclusion, attended the gala with designers Kenneth Nicholson, Edvin Thompson of Theophilio, and Jason Rembert of Aliette.

“Young designers don't have the same opportunities, and so that's really why I wanted to support young up-and-coming talent and the Met is the biggest fashion event of the year,” Hamilton said.

The racing champion said he hoped that by bringing the designers together for the night on a major fashion stage, he could create a “meaningful” moment.

“I wanted to take the opportunity and something that would start and spark a conversation. So when people see us all together, they'll be asking and put these Black designers at the top of people's minds, particularly in the fashion community,” he added.

The seven-time Formula One World Champion wore a look from Nicholson and praised the young designer for his “truly inspiring” craftsmanship in menswear.

The gala made its return at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute in New York City after last year’s cancellation due to the pandemic. This year’s theme was a nod to American fashion.

Lewis Hamilton and designer Kenneth Nicholson attend the Met Gala on Sept. 13, 2021.

Just 24 hours before the event, Hamilton narrowly escaped serious injury after being involved in a collision at the Italian Grand Prix.

“It's days like today, I am reminded of how lucky I am. It takes a millisecond to go from racing to a very scary situation. Today someone must have been looking down, watching over me!” Hamilton tweeted.

It's days like today, I am reminded of how lucky I am. It takes a millisecond to go from racing to a very scary situation. Today someone must have been looking down, watching over me! #TeamLH: I'm so thankful for each and everyone of you, you are truly the best. Still we rise!

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, representatives for Hamilton added that the racing champion was equally committed to improving the diversity of the fashion industry as he was his own industry.

“Lewis recognizes it’s not only UK motorsport that needs to change to become more inclusive and hopes by inviting these designers, their work will be celebrated at one of the biggest fashion events of the year and their attendance will spark much needed conversation around the change that is still needed to make the fashion industry more inclusive,” the statement said.

The gesture has been applauded for its impact and ensuring Black designers were included in fashion's biggest night.

lewis hamilton bought a table at the met gala and asked black designers to join him #METGala

lewis hamilton spends his personal time and personal money funding things like the Hamilton Commission or buying a table at the met gala to uplift Black artists. that’s what actually using your platform looks like. other drivers and celebrities should take note.

The "Black designers" Lewis Hamilton bought a table for at the #MetGala have names: Theophilio (designer Edvin Thompson) & Kenneth Nicholson. For all the "where were the Black designers" chatter be sure to amplify the ones who were there & the looks they created.

Lewis Hamilton bought a table for three emerging Black designers to attend the #MetGala THIS is what people should be doing with access and privilege. Very dope of him.

Lewis Hamilton has bought out a whole table for the Met Gala to surround himself with the love and company of fellow successful black people across different industries. Hope he has the best time, he deserves it.

Did Vogue really do a whole segment on Lewis Hamilton and the designers at his table?! 👀 The man makes us proud on and off track. I’m done.

no one’s talking about this but f1 driver lewis hamilton bought a whole table at the met gala and brought four black small designers to join him

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Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

Lewis Hamilton Buys Met Gala Table to Host Black Designers

Entertainment Tonight 14 September, 2021 - 01:22pm

Hamilton purchased the table in order to host Black designers, including Kenneth Nicholson, Edvin Thompson, and Jason Rembert, who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity or be able to afford to attend the event. Stylist Law Roach, singer Kehlani, Olympic fencer Miles Watson, model Alton Mason and track and field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson also attended as Hamilton's guests.

Hamilton's gesture was envisioned as a celebration of Black creatives, which would fuse the intersectionality between fashion, sport and music, showing how, together, they all push the culture.

(L-R) Miles Chamley-Watson, Kenneth Nicholson, Lewis Hamilton, Law Roach, Kehlani, Jason Rembert, Sha'Carri Richardson, Edvin Thompson and Alton Mason

Hamilton has long had a passion for commitment to creating equal opportunities for people in underrepresented communities.

His research project, The Hamilton Commission, identified the barriers young Black people face in entering U.K. motorsport and recommendations to overcome them. Hamilton's foundation, Mission 44, works to drive some of the recommendations forward and to ultimately support, champion, and empower young people from underrepresented communities to succeed. 

"We’re living in a time where diversity and inclusion is so important, and that’s why I started this organization within my own sport," Hamilton told Vogue. "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," he continued of the gala, which had the theme of "In America: A Lexicon of Fashion" this year. "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."

The three designers Hamilton invited largely dressed the group, with Nicholson making Hamilton's look, Thompson designing Mason and Richardson's ensembles, and Rembert doing the same for Kehlani. 

ET's Rachel Smith spoke with Richardson at the event, and the athlete revealed that her look was "inspired by a phoenix."

"I feel delicious! I feel like Cinderella," she said. "[The outfit is] just showing the world that no matter what you may see at the mud or the ashes, you can always rise up. The red is fire, and always ablaze."

Watch the video below for more on this year's Met Gala. 

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