#1 Pharrell Williams Takes Over Louis Vuitton Men’s Designs with Creative Vision and Energy
Pharrell Williams Named Men’s Creative Director of Louis Vuitton
Pharrell Williams has been named the new men’s creative director of Louis Vuitton, filling the vacancy left by the late Virgil Abloh. The music producer, songwriter, rapper, designer, and philanthropist has a long history of collaborating with luxury brands, including Louis Vuitton, with whom he worked on sunglasses and jewelry collections in the early 2000s. Pharrell Williams will unveil his first collection during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris in June.
Louis Vuitton CEO Praises Williams’ Creative Vision
Louis Vuitton‘s Chairman and CEO Pietro Beccari praised Williams as a “visionary whose creative universes expand from music to art, and to fashion. The way in which he breaks boundaries across the various worlds he explores aligns with Louis Vuitton’s status as a cultural maison, reinforcing its values of innovation, pioneer spirit and entrepreneurship.” Williams’ creative vision beyond fashion will undoubtedly lead Louis Vuitton towards a new and exciting chapter, said Beccari.
Mixed Reactions to Williams’ Appointment
Pharrell Williams’ appointment as the men’s creative director of Louis Vuitton has been met with mixed reactions, with some applauding the move, and others questioning the decision to replace Abloh with a celebrity rather than a younger designer with formal training. Some commentators suggest that Williams’ appointment underscores the trend of fashion houses turning to musicians and celebrities to drive sales and boost brand image.
Williams’ Diverse Experience in Fashion and Beyond
The 13-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee is no stranger to the fashion world, having collaborated with several luxury brands, including Chanel, Moncler, and Tiffany & Company. He co-founded the streetwear label Billionaire Boys Club in 2003 and launched his own skincare and wellness company, Humanrace. Williams has been a style icon throughout his career, from mixing skateboarder-wear with hip-hop style as the frontman of N.E.R.D in the early 2000s to embracing womenswear and gender-neutral clothing in recent years.
Abloh’s Legacy at Louis Vuitton
Abloh was the first Black artistic director at Louis Vuitton and played a significant role in expanding the brand’s interests beyond fashion, into housewares, jewelry, and architecture. He reinvented the role of a creative director by injecting it with hip-hop’s penchant for remixing, skateboarding’s sense of community, and a desire for social progress. Abloh helped open doors to a wider cast of creatives, engaging directly with his followers, online and off, and offering them ‘cheat codes’ and ‘trails of information’ for how to launch brands of their own.
Pharrell Williams’ Appointment Reinforces Louis Vuitton’s Values
Pharrell Williams’ appointment as Louis Vuitton’s men’s creative director reinforces the company’s values of innovation, pioneer spirit, and entrepreneurship, according to the luxury house. Williams’ creative vision and diverse experience across music, art, and fashion are expected to take Louis Vuitton into an exciting new chapter, building on the legacy of his friend and predecessor Virgil Abloh. With the launch of his first collection just a few months away, all eyes will be on Williams to see how he shapes the future of Louis Vuitton men’s wear.
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