Isabelle Adjani, Angèle, Margaret Qualley, Sébastien Tellier and Pharrell Williams model Chanel’s spring–summer 2020 eyewear campaign, photographed by Karim Sadli. The eyewear is conceived and manufactured by Luxottica (q.v. Bhavana Bhim’s ‘Escaping the black holes’, newly online this week), but cleverly boasts Chanel’s hallmarks as always. The double-C device can be seen by the temples on Tellier’s extra-large frames and on those worn by Williams.
The effect of a string of pearls can be seen in two designs for spring ’20, in the oval design with transparent frame worn by Angèle, and in the butterfly frame design worn by Qualley. Adjani’s sunglasses are in black acetate with the Chanel logotype along one of the temples. The campaign officially breaks from March 2020.
It may be awards season, but some stylish stars ditched the entertainment scene for the haute couture shows in Paris. Celebrities came out in full force to Chanel’s garden-inspired spring ’20 couture show, held today in the City of Lights. Chanel collaborator Pharrell Williams held court on the front row alongside wife Helen Lasichanh.
Williams wore a sporty look in a pink blazer, cropped khaki pants and Adidas skate sneakers. A “Human Made” hat completed the ensemble. Meanwhile, Lasichanh wore shades of black-and-white. She wore a houndstooth coat over a gray knee-length dress. The look was finished off by pointed-toe, bow-adorned heels with a cap toe.
Pharrell Williams was interviewed in Gabrielle Chanel’s apartment ahead of Mademoiselle Privé, discussing how the apartment reflects her convictions. The exhibition will be held at the B&C Hall-Tennoz in Tokyo from October 19th.
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Pharrell Williams arrived at Chanel’s first show in Bangkok on Wednesday night wearing a yellow hoodie festooned with sparkly CC and Coco logos — a wink to a new Chanel and Pharrell ready-to-wear and accessories capsule he did for spring 2019. Chanel said the collection would debut exclusively on March 29, at its new Seoul flagship boutique, followed by select Chanel boutiques around the world from April 4. Chanel confirmed the project in a press release, but gave no details about the size of the range or prices. The French house reprised its cruise show in Thailand’s capital with a new decor installed on the banks of the Chao Phraya river.
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It’s been a busy few months for Pharrell Williams. Not long after starring in Adidas’ World Cup ad, collaborating with Camila Cabello, and announcing his foray into gastronomy, he’s now the subject of a comprehensive editorial in Vogue Italia. Touching on a myriad of topics including the meaning behind N*E*R*D’s “Lapdance” to his relationship with Karl Lagerfeld, the interview provides insight into William’s varied career, and how he views it. Here are the best bits.
On the meaning behind N.E.R.D’s “Lapdance”
“Most people don’t realize but our first single, Lapdance, was about the Bush administration; about how we felt politicians were more like dancers than they were politicians – they dance around the point.”
On how he’s giving back to Virginia Beach, the community he grew up in.
“One of the projects I’m dealing with now is building soundstages for film studios to come and work in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I’m from – I gotta give back … The soundstages are priority for me. I know the kind of jobs they will create; the kind of economic trajectory it can have on my city and the neighboring ones.”
One of the singles they’ve released in the build-up to SR3MM is “Chanel,” featuring what Swae Lee says is his favorite Pharrell verse of all time. The song, which comes from Jxmtroduction, Jxmmi’s solo album, didn’t always feature Pharrell, though. Jxmmi sent Mike Will Made-It the track, who said it was a “smash.” “I didn’t understand how good the song was,” Jxmmi admits. “A couple months later, Mike Will sent me back the song and it says featuring Pharrell. Time stopped, wherever I was at, everything froze. I said, ‘There’s only one person named Pharrell.’” “He’s the third member of Rae Sremmurd,” Swae Lee joked.
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