Alton Mason gazes intently into the mirror, flutters the glimmering cape draped over his torso, and lets unfastened a Broadway marquee of a smile. “I really feel magical,” he says. “I really feel highly effective. I really feel robust.”
It’s straightforward to see why: the 24-year-old supermodel has simply slipped into the customized Prada ensemble he’s carrying to tonight’s Met Gala, and it suits so flawlessly, appears to be like so freaky and righteous, that your entire lodge suite of individuals serving to out with the becoming breaks into real, spontaneous applause. Which makes loads of sense: the look is all black, save for a galaxy of cobalt and gold rhinestones riddled throughout the shirt and cape, and anchored by a pair of pants that frames Mason’s sculptural waist so handsomely that it causes somebody within the room to unironically exclaim, “WOWZERS TROUSERS!”
Even for a man who made historical past as Chanel’s first-ever black male runway mannequin, this seems like an particularly large second: Mason is making his movie debut in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis biopic, and he’s attending the Gala with the director, a gaggle of his co-stars, together with Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge, and Priscilla Presley herself. Mason performs Little Richard, due to course: it’s troublesome to think about anybody else possessing the exact mix of verve, swagger, kinetic power, musical skill, and cheekbones essential to faithfully painting the self-proclaimed most stunning man in present enterprise.