Pharrell Williams Goes to Chanel, Learns How to Be Karl Lagerfeld
Pharrell Williams is living the dreams of Chanel-loving fashionistas (and fashionistos) everywhere. The "Happy" crooner and mega-producer recently took a trip to Rome to get an inside look at pieces from the fashion house's Métiers d'Art Paris in Rome 2015-2016 collection after taking in Chanel's Fall-Winter 2016/17 Ready-to-Wear fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris.
Referred to by Chanel as a "close friend of the House of Chanel and personal friend of Karl Lagerfeld," Williams spent a day in March with the craftsmen of the Métiers d'art of Chanel—embroiderer Lesage, feathers and flowers maker Lemarié, pleater Lognon, shoemaker Massaro and hat maker Maison Michel—who helped bring the collection to life.
During their time together, Williams got a glimpse into the fashion gurus' creative processes as he learned how they crafted the Métiers d'Art Paris in Rome 2015-2016 collection, which will be available in boutiques this June.
"That's amazing ... great work," Williams can be seen saying in a video from his day there, which showed him chatting and joking with the team in a "PLANT"-emblazoned denim baseball cap from his G Star Raw line and an off-white sweater lined with navy and off-white buttons.
Williams also hung out with Lagerfeld days before at Chanel's Paris show, posting a photo of himself and wife Helen Lasichanh posing with the fashion icon while they were there. "KARL," he simply captioned the photo, since a photo with Lagerfeld needs no other explanation.
While the mega producer's love for Chanel runs deep, he was only on hand to view the collection in Rome, not participate in the creation of it. Given that Williams has launched clothing lines of his own though, that might not be out of reach in the future.