The ancient Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art was the perfect setting for Chanel‘s traveling tour for Métiers d’Art. The Pre-Fall runway show dialed up Egyptian influences of gilded excess to showcase the house’s atelier arsenal, the craftspeople who bring their expertise to all those coveted hats, buttons, shoes, and costume jewelry the brand is known for. Turning to the casting, all the Chanel regulars were apart including a few notable male additions. There haven’t been many men to walk in a Chanel show – Baptiste Giabiconi, Lucky Blue Smith, Brad and Hudson Kroenig are just a few of Karl constants that come to mind – so the addition of recent Top 50 muse, Alton Mason immediately stood out. Walking after entertainer Pharrell, the model donned look 42 – an angora knit turtleneck with lapis lazuli detailing and gold pants, with shoes and saunter to match. In a time where breaking boundaries is as necessary as it is rare, he stands as the first black male model to walk a Chanel show in the brand’s 109-year history.
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⚱️Chanel Métiers d’Art Show⚱️ Blessed to walk for @chanelofficial at the @metmuseum. This is a moment I’ll never forget. Being able to see all the art inside the museum and work with this amazing team felt unreal. To be the first black male model to walk a Chanel show… WHAT!? I’m still in disbelief. So thankful for @karllagerfeld @carolinelebar @aurelieduclos @carineroitfeld @netta_frankel @imgmodels and everyone that has manifested this moment. We made history 🕯