20.01.2022

Meet the three emerging Black designers Lewis Hamilton paid over £60,000 to host at the Met Gala

Thompson’s creativity is also strongly tied to sustainable practices. His first collection, ‘Melancholy’ was pulled together by repurposing deadstock fabrics. In an interview with The Cut, Thompson explained: “I really wanted to have a conversation about artists not having a lot of resources but drawing work from that.”.

Although Thompson’s sustainable practices were founded in necessity, they remain central to his brand’s ethos and the future of Theophillio.

JASON REMBERT

Another creative championed by Hamilton during the ‘biggest night of Fashion’ was Jason Rembert. A talented stylist, Rembert has worked with a huge celebrity clientele, including Winnie Harlow, John Boyega, and Rita Ora.

When he’s not styling editorials for major fashion magazines, he’s designing for his womenswear brand, ALIÉTTE. Inspired by Rembert’s late mother and the complexities of womanhood, his brand ‘sews the seam between traditional design and innovative fantasy’.

His designs feature powerful, structured silhouettes – think cinched satin suits with exaggerated proportions – and slender sweeping dresses that imbue the wearer with the elegance of a Grecian statue.

Rembert often focuses on monochrome looks to communicate his vision of bold, uncompromising femininity.

Kehlani made a perfect ambassador for his brand at the Met Gala, an intergalactic goddess dressed in a shimmering cropped silver jacket and trousers by Rembert.

KENNETH NICHOLSON

One of the most exciting young fashion designers of the moment, Kenneth Nicholson is a name to remember. His LA-based eponymous label has garnered much attention in recent years thanks to his playful approach to design and his constant experimentation with notions of gender.

His SS22 collection was a source of much excitement at New York Fashion Week, and it certainly did not disappoint.

Flowing ungendered silhouettes and bold prints places the collection in a rose-tinted world, and the historical reference points that underpin his design process shone through in contemporary, romantic tailoring.

Although his vision of this nonconformist menswear brand was realised in 2016, Nicholson found his passion at a young age designing collections and hosting fashion presentations at just 14 years old.

Nicholson had the honour of dressing Hamilton for the event; the sartorial sharpness contrasted with draped lace and sheer revealing Nicholson’s fascination with menswear and desire to broaden society’s understanding of ‘masculinity’.

Hamilton gushed on Instagram ‘Kenneth’s craftmanship and point of view advances menswear in truly inspiring ways. It’s a dream.’.

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