Pharrell Williams wanted to express ‘unisex spirit’ with Chanel line

Pharrell Williams is pleased with the way his Chanel collection conveys a “unisex spirit”.Back in November (18), the music star confirmed he was partnering with the French luxury fashion house on a range, and would be working in collaboration with crea…

Pharrell Williams is pleased with the way his Chanel collection conveys a “unisex spirit”.

Back in November (18), the music star confirmed he was partnering with the French luxury fashion house on a range, and would be working in collaboration with creative director Karl Lagerfeld, who passed away at the age of 85 in February, and other designers at the company.

Now, Pharrell has given fans a glimpse at the capsule line, named Chanel Pharrell, in a behind-the-scenes video, with part of the footage showing him explain how he wanted his creations to push boundaries and build bridges between different codes and universes.

“My energy is allowed to express not only in the clothes and the design and the colour (but also in the) unisex spirit,” he said. “That was my wish list.”

The line is comprised of embellished neon T-shirts and hoodies, bright tracksuits, a robe and a range of denim. Accessories include bucket hats, white sneakers with Pharrell’s favourite scribble motifs, leather loafers, as well as heavy chains and bracelets, with a number of items featuring brand founder Coco Chanel’s iconic double-C logo or her Coco and No.5 emblems.

“Five has always been Coco’s number. You know, the famous number five. Five is the number for men. It’s also the date of my birthday,” explained Pharrell, who will celebrate his 46th birthday on 5 April (19).

Chanel Pharrell will first be available to buy at the new Chanel flagship in Seoul on 29 March and will be stocked in select boutiques worldwide from 4 April. And while Pharrell has found the entire Chanel experience to be “surreal,” he also recalled a story in which a friend had predicted that he would work with the label.

“A buddy of mine said to me, ‘One day you’re going to end up working with them, you’re going to end up doing some things and make some stuff with them.’ I was like, ‘Whatever, no I’m not.’ And he made a bet, he said, ‘If you end up working with them you got to buy me one of those watches,” the Happy hitmaker remembered, adding: “I lost the bet. It was a bet that I’ve been happy to lose.”

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Pharrell treasures work with late Karl Lagerfeld on new Chanel line

Pharrell Williams is still pinching himself after getting a chance to work with Karl Lagerfeld on his new Chanel line shortly before the fashion legend’s death.The Happy hitmaker teamed up with the late designer on his new unisex collection with the br…

Pharrell Williams is still pinching himself after getting a chance to work with Karl Lagerfeld on his new Chanel line shortly before the fashion legend’s death.

The Happy hitmaker teamed up with the late designer on his new unisex collection with the brand, Chanel Pharrell, just months ahead of Lagerfeld lost his battle with cancer in February (19), and the singer insists the 85 year old was sharper than ever, despite his poor health.

“Karl is the one who said ‘Chanel Pharrell’ and started sketching ideas on paper,” Pharrell tells Women’s Wear Daily. “In a few minutes, he already had a few options, which some are on the product today (sic).”

The 45-year-old musician-turned-style icon partnered with Chanel professionally in 2017 on a sneaker line with Adidas and he was able to develop a strong friendship with Lagerfeld over the years.

“I ran into Karl for years at events or at the Mercer hotel,” Pharrell explains. “He was always nice and would notice that I wrote Chanel on my boots and shoes.

“When we got the news that Chanel wanted me to be an ambassador for the brand, it allowed for us to spend more time together. He was so sharp and the talent speaks for itself. I was always in awe of his sketching style. When Chanel asked me to be in the first film we did a few years ago, I met him at the studio and he sketched outfits he wanted me to wear. What I ended up wearing was basically the sketch.”

The only thing the star regrets about his Chanel Pharrell line is that Karl was unable to see it released before he died.

“I never thought we’d even be here now talking about this, so who knows, but either way I’m more than honoured that Karl believed in me and gave me this opportunity,” the singer says. “Obviously, I wish he was still with us to see it come to life.”

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Stars honour Karl Lagerfeld with Oscars outfits

Tessa Thompson, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet were among the stars to honour late fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld on the red carpet at Sunday night’s (24Feb19) Oscars.The fashion and showbiz world were left in mourning last week when Lagerfeld passed away…

Tessa Thompson, Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet were among the stars to honour late fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld on the red carpet at Sunday night’s (24Feb19) Oscars.

The fashion and showbiz world were left in mourning last week when Lagerfeld passed away at the age of 85 from a secret battle with pancreatic cancer.

A long list of stars paid tribute to the Chanel and Fendi head in the immediate aftermath of his death on Tuesday, with a number of A-listers and their stylists deciding to also honour him at the Oscars.

Creed actress Thomson was decked out in a black silk bustier Chanel dress from the label’s Spring/Summer 19 couture collection.

Explaining the look, which featured gold sequinned tiers down the dress, her stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald wrote on Instagram: “Honouring Karl… last couture collection x #tessathompson #oscars #chanel. Thank you for your legacy #karllagerfeld x #chanel #couture #tessathompson #oscars.”

They also revealed the 35-year-old’s beauty look was inspired by Coco Chanel.

Married couple Momoa and Bonet went for pink Fendi looks, picked out by stylist Jeanne Yang.

“Thank you @fendi @silviaventurinifendi for @prideofgypsies gorgeous tuxedo #karllagerfeld last pieces he may have ever made,” Yang wrote on Instagram.

“@fendi couture thank you @silviaventurinifendi for #lilakoimoon Oscar gown tonight the last one of #karllagerfeld as the creative director.”

She added to The Hollywood Reporter: “Jason is wearing the last thing Karl had his hand on with Silvia Fendi.”

During an interview with ABC before the Oscars, Bonet said: “We have the honour of wearing Karl Lagerfeld, he designed Jason’s tux personally for him.” Gesturing at her own dress, she added: “And this is from his last couture collection from Fendi.”

Momoa completed his look with a pink velvet scrunchie, also designed by Kagerfeld, which he wore around his wrist.

Meanwhile, Chanel collaborator Pharrell Williams wore a Chanel nameplate necklace as he posed for photographs on the red carpet.

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Karl Lagerfeld dead at 85

Karl Lagerfeld has reportedly died at the age of 85.The fashion giant, who has been at the helm of Chanel since 1983, has died in Paris, reports WWD. French publication Paris Match claim he passed away on Tuesday (19Feb19), after being rushed to hospit…

Karl Lagerfeld has reportedly died at the age of 85.

The fashion giant, who has been at the helm of Chanel since 1983, has died in Paris, reports WWD. French publication Paris Match claim he passed away on Tuesday (19Feb19), after being rushed to hospital on Monday evening.

Concerns were recently raised over his health after Chanel bosses announced he was too “tired” to appear at the Spring/ Summer haute couture show in Paris in January and “asked Virginie Viard, director of the creative studio of the house, to represent him.”

Lagerfeld was one of the most recognisable faces in fashion. As well as his work with the French fashion house, he also headed up womenswear and fur collections at Italian label Fendi and his own namesake brand.

Before his recent run of bad health, the designer, known for his long white hair and penchant for dark glasses, was as busy as ever, unveiling his debut menswear look for Fendi last month.

He also recently teamed with Pharrell Williams on a capsule collection for Chanel and model of the moment Kaia Gerber for his own Karl Lagerfeld label.

Fendi is scheduled to show its Fall/Winter 19 collection on Thursday during Milan Fashion Week, while Chanel will present its new line during the final day of Paris Fashion Week on 5 March.

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Music, movie and fashion stars sit FROW at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s

The front rows at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s were awash with the A-list over the weekend (18-20Jan19).Everyone from new fashion darling Jonah Hill to catwalk legend Naomi Campbell turned out for the menswear shows in the City of Light, with no one letti…

The front rows at Paris Fashion Week: Men’s were awash with the A-list over the weekend (18-20Jan19).

Everyone from new fashion darling Jonah Hill to catwalk legend Naomi Campbell turned out for the menswear shows in the City of Light, with no one letting the riots held by the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) stand in their way.

At the Adidas MakerLab Presents: Here to Create show on Friday (18Jan18), designers Nicholas Daley, Paolina Russo, and Priya Ahluwalia were cheered on by Jonah, David Beckham, and Karlie Kloss.

“I’m definitely interested in young designers,” Jonah told WWD. “I need to know somebody personally and understand them as a person to enjoy their work. That’s when the real connection is made.”

The Wolf of Wall Street actor, dressed in plaid Marni suit over a Dr. Octagon T-shirt and Adidas sneakers, also spoke about his rise to become one of the poster boys for the “scumbro” look – a term describing a scruffy, no-fuss attitude to streetwear and personal grooming.

“I think terms like that are so funny. I would never identify as any sort of term,” he smiled. “Honestly I just don’t care. I wear s**t that I like and that’s it.”

To conclude the show, Adidas collaborator Pharrell Williams appeared at the end to congratulate the designers.

Elsewhere on Friday, Naomi, Kate Moss, and Robert Pattinson stepped out at the Dior presentation.

And on Saturday, Naomi was once again sitting front row, this time for Japanese designer Chitose Abe’s Sacai show.

She was joined by Pusha T, who confessed to being a big fan of Japanese culture: “I love Japan a lot. I’ve been going there for a very long time, since (label) BAPE’s fifth anniversary at least. (BAPE founder) Nigo introduced me to Japan, so it’s always been linked to him. Each trip is a different experience.”

While on Sunday, the likes of Courtney Love, Miles Kane, Virgil Abloh and Natalia Vodianova turned out for Hedi Slimane’s inaugural Celine menswear show.

“It’s an historic moment,” musician Kane told WWD.

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Frank Ocean urges Pharrell Williams to share skincare secrets

R&B singer Frank Ocean has called on Pharrell Williams to share “more keys” to the secret of his youthful skin. The Happy hitmaker has long been admired for his flawless skin, which fans credit with making him look much younger than his 45 years of ag…

R&B singer Frank Ocean has called on Pharrell Williams to share “more keys” to the secret of his youthful skin.

The Happy hitmaker has long been admired for his flawless skin, which fans credit with making him look much younger than his 45 years of age, and Pharrell has previously insisted it’s all the result of good exfoliation and plenty of water.

“I exfoliate like a madman,” he told dazeddigital.com in 2017. “When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you.”

“To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster,” he added. “There’s a lot of dead skin. (I exfoliate) all the time. Like a narcissistic madman.”

However, Frank is convinced there’s got to be more to Pharrell’s skincare routine than that, and he wants the superproducer to let him in on the beauty secret.

“It’s been all these years, and Pharrell still hasn’t given us the keys yet,” the Thinkin Bout You star tells GQ. “He just says ‘exfoliate,’ but it’s not just ‘exfoliate’: We need more keys.”

Frank, 31, reveals he has already developed a multi-step facial routine to help him maintain his boyish good looks from day to night – but it takes some dedication.

“I feel like men just go to sleep,” he explains. “They may wash their face or they don’t even bother – they go to sleep with the day face on. You really need to do a gentle wash and put a night moisturiser on.”

“I really do believe in night cream,” Frank says. “I need (it) because when I wake up I feel very beautiful, moisturised, and ready to have people making eye contact with me, ready to look above my eyebrow, below the eyebrow. That’s the life hack right there.

The singer advises fellow males to use a retinol-rich cream to fight wrinkles and give their skin a healthy glow – but it should only be used before bed: “You can’t have the retinol in your creams in the day because it makes you more sun-sensitive, so you wanna throw that on at night,” he adds.

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Chanel unveils Egypt-inspired Metiers d’Art collection

Chanel unveiled an Egypt-inspired Metiers d’Art collection in New York City on Tuesday night (04Dec18).The French luxury house, led by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, presents a runway show outside of the traditional fashion schedule each year in ord…

Chanel unveiled an Egypt-inspired Metiers d’Art collection in New York City on Tuesday night (04Dec18).

The French luxury house, led by creative director Karl Lagerfeld, presents a runway show outside of the traditional fashion schedule each year in order to honour the craftsmanship of artisan partners, with the 2018/2019 spectacle taking place outside of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur, which is now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Regarding the location, a Chanel representative explained that Lagerfeld was inspired by the sandstone temple and its history when crafting the new collection.

“Commissioned during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus Caesar around 10 B.C., the Temple is today one of the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt,” they said in a statement. “Gifted to the United States in 1965 in recognition of the country’s support of the UNESCO International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, and awarded to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1967, the Temple continues to inspire all who see it.”

Chanel brand ambassadors such as Lily-Rose Depp, Margot Robbie, Penelope Cruz, and Marion Cotillard all turned out for the presentation, which kicked off with a model sporting a white gown, dark gold boucle jacket, tassel necklace, and shiny gold pumps.

Signature Chanel staples, including tweed skirt and jacket sets, black dresses and knee-high boots, were given a touch of Egyptian flair, with many garments featuring bold patterns, hieroglyphic-inspired prints, and dramatic necklines which wouldn’t look out of place on Cleopatra or a Pharaoh.

Chanel brand ambassador Pharrell Williams got into the spirit of the show and walked the runway in a gold sweater with beaded collar, gold trousers, and gold boots, with the look topped off with heavy eye make-up, while model Kaia Gerber donned a white T-shirt and denim combination.

For the presentation, pieces were made by a number of artisans. Buttons, jewellery, belt buckles as well as handbag clasps came from the House of Desrues, flowers and feathers from the House of Lemarie, fabric pleating was completed by craftspeople at Maison Lognon, hats were manufactured by Maison Michel and embroidery was created by Atelier Montex.

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Pharrell Williams’ latest Adidas line is ‘culturally influenced’

Pharrell Williams took inspiration from different cultures when designing his latest line for Adidas.The musician has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the sportswear label, having first worked with Adidas in 2014 and going on to release upward o…

Pharrell Williams took inspiration from different cultures when designing his latest line for Adidas.

The musician has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the sportswear label, having first worked with Adidas in 2014 and going on to release upward of a dozen collaborative projects. And sharing the details of his latest offering, Solar Hu, Pharrell explained how this line is different from all the rest.

“This one was culturally influenced,” he told reporters at WWD. “The core of what it is we do visually, beyond the clothes, is we try to tap into different stories of people that I admire, or take inspiration from. A lot of the people in our campaigns were of Sudanese, Senegalese and Kenyan descent because we wanted to highlight some of the beautiful skin complexion that’s often seen there. We’re using our platform to illustrate the beauty that is in the diversity of other colours.”

The 45-year-old believes Adidas differs from the majority of other brands today, who will only stand with ethnic stories “in ways they felt were palatable.”

Aside from his work with Adidas, which will see him release a limited-edition range of reworked track jackets with the Ethical Fashion Initiative next year (19), Pharrell is also working on an upcoming collaboration with Chanel – a capsule of ready-to-wear and accessories scheduled to go on sale in March. And as well as championing both designer clothing and streetwear, the Get Lucky hitmaker says that his fashion vision comes from the same place as that of his music.

“It all originates from the same taste palette. There’s an eccentricity, I think, to my taste,” he considered. “That’s how I am across all senses. What I learn in one artistic discipline, I may be able to transcribe into another. What I learn in music, I might be influenced by and be able to transform and transpose it into something that is visual.”

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Pharrell Williams teams with Chanel for exclusive new collection

Pharrell Williams is continuing to make his mark on the fashion world as he teams with Chanel for an exclusive new capsule. The singer-turned-mogul announced the news as he appeared alongside Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld for the French bran…

Pharrell Williams is continuing to make his mark on the fashion world as he teams with Chanel for an exclusive new capsule.

The singer-turned-mogul announced the news as he appeared alongside Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld for the French brand’s Cruise show in Bangkok on Wednesday (31Oct18).

The collection is set to drop at the label’s new Seoul flagship boutique on 29 March (18), before it expands to stores around the world from 4 April (18). During the event, The Happy hitmaker wore a yellow hoodie adorned in sparkly CC and Coco logos – a nod to the luxury clothing company’s founder Coco Chanel, and it was later revealed he was the designer behind the chic looks.

Williams marked the occasion with an Instagram photo, in which he poses alongside his wife Helen Lasichanh and son Rocket, nine, under the Chanel logo. In another image, the three enjoy the sights of Bangkok.

The 45 year old has been involved in a number of Chanel campaigns dating back to early 2015, and he became the first man to appear in ads for the brand’s handbags. He also contributed an Adidas sneaker design to a Chanel installation in Paris and penned a song for an original film directed by Lagerfeld, which played as part of his Paris-Salzburg show.

In early October (17), Pharrell attended a star-studded Chanel show during Paris Fashion Week and he shared his excitement abut continuing to work with the fashion house.

“I’ve worked with Karl on projects before, so I know he’s the real deal,” he shared, calling the fashion visionary “the definition of creative with elegance”.

Aside from the release date, little is known about Williams’ upcoming clothing line.

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Chanel serves up seaside glamour for spring 19

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French cap…

Chanel has taken fashion fans to the beach for its spring/summer 2019 collection.

Karl Lagerfeld transformed Paris’ Grand Palais into a sandy beach landscape as part of a social media campaign called #CHANELByTheSea during Fashion Week in the French capital on Tuesday morning (02Oct18).

Guests including Pamela Anderson, Vanessa Paradis and Pharrell Williams were treated to a seaside scene complete with blue skies, soft sand and real waves, as the luxury house unveiled an array of glamorous, but wearable, outfits for the new season.

Models ditched their shoes to walk on the sandy catwalk, with many instead carrying pairs of block-heeled strappy sandals.

The show opened with chic two-piece suits in black, white and beige, embellished with delicate beading and intricate piping along the seams.

These were followed by feminine jackets layered over simple black trousers, before Kaia Gerber emerged wearing a crisp cropped white shirt, chained belt and statement earrings – all featuring the Chanel lettering.

Lagerfeld also played with accessories ranging from woven baseball caps and boho straw hats, to quilted clutches, furry handbags and woven totes.

And while the collection was heavy on pastel colours and cool embroidered patterns, the fashion mogul injected some fun in the form of a graphic print plastered onto a bikini, floaty dresses and a corset-style sheer collared shirt.

Vibrant shades of yellow added youth to the selection, as did loose-fitting denim jeans, while British model Adwoa Aboah looked casual in a suede indigo jacket and black capri pants.

As the presentation neared its end, Chanel dished up a number of elegant black evening dresses given volume with carefully places ruffles, sequin detailing and multiple layers of fabric.

Paris Fashion Week concludes on Tuesday with shows from Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton.

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