Pharrell opens up about how he relates to the character he plays, Following the release of Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart’s campaigns this month, the full Chanel Gabrielle film starring Pharrell Williams was released on Monday. And now, the singer has let us in on some behind-the-scenes secrets. “The guy I play in the movie is a guy who is probably really into Chanel, a lot like who I am right now,” he says.
“He walks into this place looking for someone, or looking for some people. No one’s there and if he’s going to have fun, it will be his way. So I can relate to the character a lot. I think I’m playing myself.” In the cryptic film, Pharrell walks into a room looking for people, but no one is there, so he starts playing around on the equipment before a young boy with ‘Gabrielle‘ written on his hand appears, and then very quickly disappears. Shot by Antoine Carlier, it’s eerie to say the least. Watch it below if you haven’t already.
Who says men can’t wear handbags? Certainly not Pharrell Williams. He stands as Chanel’s first-ever male handbag model, a title he wears with style in Chanel’s latest campaign video for the Gabrielle bag—named for the brand’s founder (Coco was a nickname!). In the cryptic video, Pharrell explores an abandoned warehouse while toting the iconic handbag by his side.
He runs wild through the space, seeking adventure at every turn, just as one would expect Pharrell might. After about a minute of wordless exploration, he meets a young boy with a message written in cursive on his palm: “Gabrielle.” Then, like any good messenger, the boy disappears, leaving a confused Pharrell in his wake. Honestly, the ad is pretty eerie—smelling stronger of Twin Peaks-inspired direction than Chanel No. 5.
Founder Mike Einziger enlisted the help of Pharrell Williams to show off what the company has developed in special presentation at Disrupt NY. MIXhalo has developed a way to distribute audio to a crowd — like at a concert — in a way, they say, is as good as the musicians hear on stage.
They are set to take the main Disrupt stage at the close of the show, where they will also be performing a special musical performance for the audience. The event is open to all Disrupt attendees and it will be streamed live like the rest of the conference. But only those at the venue will be able to experience the MIXhalo technology firsthand.
Pharrell Williams boosted donations to the Humane Society of the United States at a fundraiser on Saturday (22Apr17) by offering attendees the chance to perform as his backing singers. The Grammy Award-winning musician was booked as a headliner for the HSUS‘ To The Rescue Gala held at the Paramount Pictures lot in Los Angeles, and Pharrell decided to help officials raise a little more cash on the night by inviting a few guests to join him onstage to belt out his smash hit Happy – for $25,000 (£19,550) apiece.
“I feel like I want to try something,” he told the crowd at the bash. “If I can be so humble… but also have the audacity to see if we can raise more money.” Five people took the singer and super-producer up on the opportunity, and helped him close out his three-song set with the theme tune for the animated film Despicable Me 2. Pharrell also performed his Robin Thicke collaboration Blurred Lines and Daft Punk’s Get Lucky, which also featured Chic icon Nile Rodgers.
Every year, The Humane Society of the United States puts on its annual To the Rescue! Los Angeles benefit to support the organization’s Farm Animal Protection campaign. This year, the event to take place at Paramount Studios in Hollywood and will honor Sen. Cory Booker and the late Christina Grimmie for their contributions to animal protection. Sen. Booker will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award for his stalwart dedication to animal protection, the advancement of animal welfare laws and for sponsoring humane legislation.
Grimmie’s family will accept the organization’s Impact Award on the late star’s behalf for her devotion to protecting animals. Grimmie’s fans were moved by her incredible talent, enormous heart and call for mercy toward animals who suffer. Actress Elizabeth Banks will present Sen. Booker with his award, while Grimmie’s award will be presented to her family by the evening’s musical performer, Rachel Platten. Noah Cyrus and Pharrell Williams will also perform.
Pharrell Williams is not only speaking at commencement — he also plans to debut a new song during the ceremony. After tweeting his excitement about speaking at NYU’s graduation ceremony, Williams said he has been working on a song to impress all the graduates. “I was really inspired by Kanye’s song drop at NYU a few years ago,” Williams said in a statement. “NYU is the perfect mix of artsy, intellectual and influential that if my song is what they associate their graduation with, it could be the anthem of a whole generation.”
Williams said this song will hopefully stick with all the grads and help them in even the toughest times. Although he does not believe the lyrics will make sense when they first hear it, Williams said that it is all part of the journey — the song’s meaning is meant to slowly reveal itself as everybody slowly progresses in their post-university lives. NYU Spokesperson Johannes Becker said the university already listened to the song, even though it is not yet complete.
The project, which will be helmed by Broadway director Michael Mayer, reunites the studio with Williams, who produced the hit ‘Hidden Figures.’ Fox has won a hot pitch for a musical inspired by Pharrell Williams. The project, called Atlantis, is a musical that is being described as a Romeo and Juliet style story (with a music element) inspired by Williams’ childhood in Virginia Beach, Va. Producer Gil Netter and Williams took the pitch out to the studios a few weeks ago, engendering simmering interest as studios watched Lionsgate enjoy massive success with La La Land and coveted their own musical number.
Fox finally nabbed it last week. Michael Mayer, known for his Broadway work on Spring Awakening, for which he won a Tony Award, and American Idiot, is attached to direct. Martin Hynes, who is currently penning Toy Story 4, is attached to write Atlantis. Williams and Mimi Valdes will produce via their i am OTHER banner and Netter is producing for Netter Productions. Pharrell has been making in-roads into movies, and was a producer on Fox’s acclaimed hit Hidden Figures, which was nominated for Three Oscars including best picture.
Even before being seated for dinner at Santa Monica’s Giorgio Baldi on Thursday night, guests couldn’t stop chatting about musician, producer, and influencer Pharrell Williams. The multihyphenate is the face of Chanel’s Gabrielle bag and proved to be a favorite among attendees like Rachel Zoe, Kiernan Shipka, Kenya Kinski-Jones, Sistine Stallone and Bella Heathcote. “Pharrell is one of the all-time coolest musicians and artists,” Zoe mused. “I think Karl [Lagerfeld] is someone that really can spot people that are unique and have a different point of view and don’t always do what’s expected.”
Shipka echoed the sentiment, saying, “I love him for this and when he wore the shorts to the Oscars I was like, ‘I’m done, you’re the best.’” Williams, who played host for the night with Caroline De Maigret, displayed his usual youthful style by pairing a sleek Chanel tracksuit with a colorful pair of Human Race sneakers from Adidas. For Jones, inspiration comes from her father, musician and record producer Quincy Jones. “My dad used to really have fun,” she said. “The other day, I was looking at his pictures with my sisters and he loved color.
Pharrell & Caroline De Maigret
He loved pink or bright colors and he still does today. He loves to have fun and not take fashion too seriously. It’s the same with me. I always say my favorite thing with style is to mix feminine pieces with masculine. I just like the balance of both.” However, things weren’t so simple for fellow model Stallone, who laughed, “You know, I don’t necessarily take fashion advice from him,” referring to her dad, actor Sylvester Stallone.
Pharrell & Katy Perry
“He’s had a couple of weird trends, but he has taught me to be an individual when it comes to style. He’s so confident in himself. It’s nice to have a role model like him to look up to.” Later on, Katy Perry joined Williams and his wife, Helen Lasichanh, on the patio for conversation as other small groups of tweed-clad guests like Lily Collins and Pom Klementieff bypassed meatball hors d’oeuvres in favor of waiting patiently to dine on a full Italian spread.
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