5 Things We Learned From Chanel's Latest And Most Fascinating Podcast With Pharrell

Pharrell Williams, Chanel, Metier Class, Podcast Series, Karl Lagerfeld
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The most recent episode of Chanel's 3.55 Métier Class series starred Pharrell Williams in conversation with Tyler Brûlé

Pharrell talked ambitions, the start of his Chanel journey, the brand's place in the world today and the meaning it holds for him personally. Here were our top take-aways from the all-revealing discussion...

1. This song lyric put Chanel on Pharrell's radar as a brand to know...

In the song One More Chance, Notorious BIG raps, "bags by Chanel, Baby Benz traded in your Hyundai XL". Listening to the song during his youth, Pharrell felt it represented Chanel as something to aspire to, and was a testimony to its timeless appeal and the long-lasting nature of its legacy. 

 

2. Pharrell began his relationship with the luxury fashion house by drawing on trainers...

He's actually been repping Chanel for a long time now, and describes it as the "perpetual child" in him. He began by drawing Chanel's iconic double-C logo on his shoes, another design involving a bold Chanel Paris logo. He wore them out proudly, and his sketches ended up getting reposted by Chanel on Instagram. He laughed off suggestions of a collaboration, thinking it was a distant fantasy. Ironic, that....

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3. The Americon rapper-songwriter-producer (and now designer) sees similarities between his performance career and the fashion design process...

He cites "attention to detail" as the key. Taking into account the small things allows him to have the same mindset in the face of the task at hand, be that backstage concert prep or choosing a fabric. He's always thrived off details, bringing sharp observations and fine-tuned intuition to the Chanel creative process. 

 

4. He puts his super eclectic taste down to being an Aries...

He draws inspiration from all over and feels that the luxury megabrand appreciates that part of him, supporting him and listening to his every contribution. 

 

5. His upcoming Chanel capsule collection is streetwear-based...

The line, dubbed #ChanelPharrell by Karl Lagerfeld and set to be revealed to the world in a matter of days, is super wearable with bright splashes of colour for good measure. It's heavily inspired by the Chanel staples that are his absolute must-haves and have been the foundations of his wardrobe for years. With this line, he's turning the tide towards a more unisex vibe, since he's been rocking Chanel's womenswear belts and sweaters and thinks the items shouldn't be gender-specific. 

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We can't wait for the Pharrell x Chanel collection to drop! Click here to listen to the podcast.


Press play to take a look at Chanel's spring/summer 2018 Haute Couture collection...

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