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He’s a cool cat, known for his edgy personal style and his interesting collaborations and on the other hand, we have a label that continuously keeps reinventing the wheel in it’s own classic style.  Come 2019, Chanel x Pharell Williams is finally happening and it’s a collection like no other. Only because it is the first time that the storied French luxury house has unveiled a capsule collection in collaboration with a musician. But one must note that Williams and Chanel have already shared history together. The fashion-forward musician channeled the chic pharaoh at Chanel’s 2018 Métier d’Arts show held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Egyptian Temple of Dendur. In 2016 he rubbed shoulders with the likes of Cara Delevingne at Chanel’s 2016 Métier d’Arts show staged at the Ritz in Paris. 2014 saw Chanel’s short film ‘Reincarnation’ with him starring alongside Delevingne. So, it does not come as a surprise that the iconic fashion house is finally sealing it’s relationship with Pharell Williams via an exclusive capsule collection.

The line comprises of pieces created at an intersection of street style and luxury. There are hooded sweatshirts with CC, N°5 and Coco embroideries and graffitis on them. Chanel-Pharrell emblazoned short, long robes and T-shirts are also a part of the collection.

There are enough pieces to dig for all accessory lovers out there; exquisitely crafted leather belts, bucket hats oversize shopper bags and packs done in suede also form a part of the edit. Think of Chanel, jewellery pieces are automatically looped in, the current collaboration features some statement-y rhinestoned costume jewelry pieces as well. Edgy, round and rectangular shaped eyewear in an array of striking hues complete the edit.

In a short behind-the-scenes film that captures candid moments of the making of this capsule collection, Williams can be seen discussing his inspiration for the line. “Gabrielle Chanel, Coco, didn’t see partitions. And it’s interesting, because neither did the brand when it came to giving me a shot. They didn’t see partitions. But they’re not afraid of these things. Just like she wasn’t afraid. There don’t need to be boundaries. As long as you can hold on to the heritage, and continue to push it, like Karl always does, we don’t need walls; we need bridges.” says Williams while appreciating the creative bravado of the late Karl Lagerfeld.

The collaboration will be officially unveiled at the opening of the new Chanel boutique in Seoul on March 25th.and hits select Chanel boutiques around the world from April 5th.

 

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Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.