J Balvin, who is a TAG Heuer brand ambassador, joined this Wednesday (Nov. 15) the opening of the watchmaker’s newest store — its 10th in the U.S. — at The Forum Shops at Caesars where he talked about his style idol Pharrell Williams. “I [want to] inspire people to be themselves,” he said, “if you’re gay, be proud to be gay.
If you are brown, embrace it and feel comfortable with it. That’s the message that I’m sending.” All things he says he learned from his style icon, Pharrell Williams. “When your idol becomes your friend, it is beautiful,” Balvin said. “He has taught me a lot about fashion, style, culture and art. That’s what I want to bring to the world as Latinos — I want to create something for the world.”
At the exclusive Pre-Release off his 100 Year Record, all guests were instructed to turn off their phones and lock them in bulky metal boxes so that no one could leak the song. Pharrell showed off the track he had recorded onto a record made from clay. Explaining that the record would be placed in a vault that was destructible only by water, he made a clear connection with climate change and rising sea levels.
“If we don’t, as a species, if we don’t do what we are supposed to do, we lose the track but we also lose the planet,” he said. “a postcard, a sarcastic one, to the people who should be ashamed to call themselves scientists and politicians.” “I thought, ’Let me just troll all the pseudoscientists, the ones that don’t care about the ecosystem,’” he said.
“There are a lot of great fine scientists. We just happen to have some that agree with our current administration in the States. I don’t get it.” “I think the world would be a different place if millennials and women would take positions of power. It would definitely be different.” “Normal lies are not normal, so don’t normalize them.”
When the New York Times examined the current state of the Paris Agreement over the weekend, China was mentioned as being ahead of its emissions “peak.” This is a good thing, as the country’s once presumed insatiable appetite for fossil fuels has plateaued, slightly. On the other hand, China still burns more coal than anyone else. Less still equals more: It made for food for thought in Shanghai, where one of Vogue’s December cover stars, Pharrell Williams, sat down on Monday to discuss his personal views on climate change attentiveness and what he does (and what we can do) “so that a little amounts to a lot.”
Williams was in Shanghai for a partnership with Louis XIII, the high-end Cognac label, to perform a one-off song called “100 Years” (this is how long it takes to make a bottle of Louis XIII, fittingly—the company needs to think in terms of centennials). The track was recorded on a clay disc—a clay disc that is destroyable only by water. It will be placed off-limits for one century in coastal France. The point being: If sea levels rise, the record dissolves, and no one will hear it again. Check out the whole Interview HERE.
Pharrell Williams & Co. get the retail bonanza off to a glittering start as shoppers scramble for online bargains. Chinese online shopping giant Alibaba says it took in nearly 20bn yuan (£2.1bn) in sales in a matter of minutes at the opening of its Singles‘ Day annual discount sale extravaganza. The event, originally a celebration of China’s lonely hearts, has become the world’s biggest online shopping spree, with takings beat those of its US equivalents, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, combined.
Pharrell Williams was among the stars who helped get the eighth Singles‘ Day off to a glittering start. The actress and the singer joined co-founder and chairman Jack Ma and Chinese musicians and film stars such as Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing in Shanghai to count down to the start at midnight on Friday. Kris Wu and Pharrell Williams performed ‘Double Eleven Day’ for the crowd, which will be soon out for sale produced by Pharrell Williams, you can check out their full performance below at 4:55:42
In advance of N*E*R*D upcoming album, Pharrell opens up about how Kelis helped diversify his wardrobe and discusses his style influences, from lumberjacks to hip-hop icons like A Tribe Called Quest.
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