Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton’s decision to attend the 2018 Met Ball with Tommy Hilfiger came as no surprise given the duo’s upcoming collaboration, TommyXLewis, which drops this fall. “Lewis represents the new generation of the Tommy guy,” Hilfiger tells CR. “He’s bold in everything he does, from racing and extreme sports, to fashion. Its that spirit that truly resonates with the brand.”
For the annual gala, which is tied to this year’s Costume Institute exhibition, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” the designer explored how fashion has been inspired by traditional Catholic artwork over time to create Hamilton’s ensemble. “We used that to reinterpret fabrics, silhouettes, motifs, and embellishments to create contemporary designs that are authentic to our brand and also to the personal style of our guests,” he explains, nodding to the likes of Joan Smalls, Kris Jenner, and Hailey Baldwin, who also sat at the Tommy table.
What resulted for Hamilton with a pure-white, three-piece suit, emphasized by tiny hints of mixed cabochon and crystal on its lapel and an intricate cross motif on the back for an unexpected twist. Following Gigi’s leggy moment last year, they paired the piece with white combat boots, also outfitted in over-the-top embellishments.
“He’s bold in everything he does, from racing and extreme sports, to fashion. Its that spirit that truly resonates with the brand.”
Hamilton, a fashion favorite, grew up in a Catholic home and to this day remains religious, so the opportunity to connect both aspects of his life was meaningful. “It was exciting to work with the Tommy Hilfiger team to create a unique look that speaks to my spiritual connection,” he says with a smile. “The Met Gala’s theme really resonated because God is the most important thing in my life. I am very proud of the final look, and—as the new global men’s ambassador for Tommy Hilfiger—it’s personally such an exciting time for me.”END
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