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He’s a dancer, a model, an artist and a poet, who also dabbles in DJing; meet the multifaceted rising talent, Alton Mason.
Originally from Arizona, Alton’s childhood was spent between 11 different countries as his father was a professional basketball player. “I got to grow up and digest different parts of the world at a young age; my eyes, ears and taste have developed in a special way that I’m very grateful for,” he says. (He’s also fluent in Dutch!)
In 2017, Alton returned to the USA to pursue a career in dance, though he was soon after scouted via Instagram to start modelling. Since then, he’s been traveling the world to walk top runways and shoot major campaigns — and he’s enjoying the ride. “I’m just trying to live my best life and find new elements and corners of myself by traveling and experimenting in this realm of art,” he explains.
Watch the video clip of Alton, or keep scrolling to read his full interview.
How does it feel to be working with KARL LAGERFELD?
This is my first time shooting with Karl and it’s so surreal for me. I can’t believe this is really happening! I’m so grateful.
What do you do to prepare for a shoot day with Karl?
I wake up, I pray and then I turn on music in my hotel. I start getting ready in the mirror and dance, to put myself in the element. I’m usually singing out loud — probably the people in the room next to me are wondering what’s going on!
What’s your best style advice?
Be yourself, however your feel. Experiment with different styles and your taste will develop into something that stands out and is unique.
Describe your personality in three words?
Soulful. Energetic. Healing.
Describe your style in three words?
Past. Present. Future.
What’s your favourite piece from the collection?
There’s a black hoodie with KARL LAGERFELD around the hood, which I love. There’s a really cool metallic silver jacket; in the photos I’m jumping in the air and the way Karl shot It is really nice.
What essential items do you always pack in your suitcase?
A blazer, sweatpants, shea butter and du-rags.
According to Karl, “Elegance is attitude.” How do you describe elegance?
Oh, that’s good Karl — I agree! Elegance is in the eyes, it’s in the soul and in the way you communicate.
You’re shooting at Karl’s iconic studio, 7L. Does it make you nervous at all?
I am a very sensitive and emotional person, so I am very effected by energy. When I met Karl I was nervous, but once I got in front of the camera and spoke to him, he makes everything so comfortable. It’s like being at home. It’s amazing to work with him and create something beautiful.
What do you love most about your job?
I get to meet people from all over, from all different walks of life. I enjoy roaming and discovering new places; I never like staying too long in one place.
What have you learned from working with Karl?
After learning about Karl’s early years, it made it clear to me why I’m working with him. This is someone who I want to reflect: his level of work and willingness to put in work day and night. That’s how I want to be. I want to be changing the narrative, influencing culture for generations.