Louis Vuitton Taps Pharrell Williams As Creative Director
| LAST UPDATE 02/23/2023
Louis Vuitton recently announced that Pharrell Williams will be taking on the role of creative director for its menswear line. Pharrell, who is widely known as a Grammy-winning producer, rapper, singer, and songwriter, was described by the brand as a visionary whose creative universes expand from music to art and fashion. The announcement has caused quite a stir in the fashion world and has people eagerly anticipating his first collection, which will be showcased at Men's Fashion Week in Paris this June.
This isn't Pharrell's first time collaborating with Louis Vuitton either. He previously worked with the brand on collections in 2004 and 2008. In a statement, Louis Vuitton Chairman and CEO Pietro Beccari expressed his excitement about welcoming Pharrell back home: "His creative vision beyond fashion will undoubtedly lead Louis Vuitton towards a new and very exciting chapter." Pharrell is also known for co-founding streetwear label Billionaire Boys Club with Japanese designer Nigo in 2003. Over the years, he has collaborated with sportswear giant Adidas and luxury brands Moncler and Chanel, as well as working with Louis Vuitton designer Marc Jacobs to design eyewear for the label.
However, Pharrell hasn't been without controversy in the fashion world. Last year, he faced criticism when he attended a fashion show wearing diamond-studded Tiffany sunglasses that some social media users claimed resembled spectacles dating from India's Mughal era. Pharrell will be taking the place of Virgil Abloh as creative director of Louis Vuitton's menswear line. Abloh founded Off-White before joining Louis Vuitton and sadly passed away from cancer at the age of 41 in November 2021. His final menswear show was built around an elaborate "Dreamhouse" concept with angels, breakdancing models, and gender-neutral designs. Louis Vuitton is one of the world's leading international fashion houses and part of LVMH, which is owned by Bernard Arnault – currently the world's richest person. The brand has reported record profits recently.
With Pharrell Williams at the helm of its menswear line, Louis Vuitton looks set to continue pushing boundaries in fashion - fusing elements of streetwear with high fashion designs to create something truly unique that'll keep us all on our toes. It'll be interesting to see how he brings his unique style to this iconic luxury brand...