If there's one thing the world knows about Pharrell Williams, it's that when he steps into a new venture, he brings his entire universe with him. His recent debut as the menswear creative director for Louis Vuitton was no exception. The iconic Pont Neuf bridge in Paris was the stage for a star-studded affair, celebrating the launch of Williams' Spring/Summer 2024 collection.
From music superstars Beyoncé, Rihanna, and A$AP Rocky to fashion moguls like Kim Kardashian, the event was a dazzling constellation of cultural icons. The runway even saw a new Clipse song debuted by Pusha T and No Malice. And to top it all off, none other than Jay-Z himself took to the stage for an unforgettable performance.
The collection showcased was a love letter to the Louis Vuitton heritage. It reimagined the iconic Damier motif, a checkerboard design dating back to 1889, which adorned everything from the runway itself to a stunning taxicab-yellow leather suit. Williams also fused the classic "LV" monogram with the word "lovers," presenting a theme of warmth, wellbeing, and welcome-ness.
The after-party was a spectacle in its own right. Jay-Z, donning a custom Louis Vuitton jacket, performed some of his biggest hits, including "N***as In Paris," "PSA," and his verse on MC Panjabi’s “Beware (Remix).” He also joined Pharrell on stage for performances of their collaborative singles “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)” and “Frontin’”.
The celebrations that night were not only a testament to Pharrell's unique vision but also a salute to the legacy of Virgil Abloh, the former artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, whose tragic passing in 2021 left a vacuum that Pharrell has now stepped into.
Pharrell's appointment to the role was met with a wave of support, with Louis Vuitton expressing admiration for his ability to expand his creative universes from music to art and fashion. Williams himself felt the weight of the moment, saying, "I woke up and got that call, so I’m honored".
Reactions to the event poured in from across industries, with celebrities taking to social media to celebrate Williams' debut. Even Tyler, the Creator, was moved to tears by the event, sharing on Instagram, "Bro I shed real tears. I couldn’t even take photos".
The night proved to be a harmonious blend of fashion, music, and culture, showcasing the talent and creativity that Pharrell brings to his role at Louis Vuitton. With such a successful debut, the fashion world eagerly anticipates what he will bring to the table next.
The world of fashion has a new star in its constellation, and his name is Pharrell Williams. As for Jay-Z, he reminded everyone that he is still one of the brightest stars in the music industry, lighting up the stage as only he can. Here's to more nights under the stars with these two visionaries at the helm.