The stars were out for Paris Fashion Week, but it seemed no show demanded a brighter spotlight than Nigo’s Kenzo Fall/Winter 2022 debut. And deservedly so. NIGO’s collection was a welcomed pivot for the Japanese luxury house, which saw an injection of refined youthfulness, sharp tailoring, and a penchant for signature prints and patches that only Nigo, now the brand’s creative director, could pull off. But despite the collection’s critical acclaim, there were times when the show’s audience demanded just as much attention as the clothes themselves. Kanye West and Julia Fox, Tyler, the Creator, Pusha T, and Pharrell all sat alongside one another beside the runway, with Pharrell’s custom sunglasses perhaps sparking the most intrigue from the weekend.
As a celebrated producer and fashion icon, Pharrell has become one of his generation’s greatest tastemakers. So, when he pulled up to the front row sporting a pair of almond-shaped diamond-encrusted sunglasses, the fashion world immediately began clamouring for details. The 13-time Grammy winner went on to announce his new project – a design collaboration with Tiffany & Co. – by wearing the sunglasses throughout the weekend.
“Tiffany and I are engaged,” he joked to WWD when asked about the accessory. “First of many things that I’m gonna do with Tiffany.”
In terms of how much creative direction he’ll have in the process, it seems as though this will be one of the more intimate collaborations we’ve seen from the jewellery brand.
“It’s a partnership […] It’s about seeing things differently,” he explained. “I can’t give it all away now. I don’t want to go too much into detail, okay, because we’re here today to celebrate my brother Nigo.”
But, of course, despite his sentiments, fans couldn’t help but speculate what else might be coming from the partnership after being baited and hooked by the inaugural design. After all, we’ve already seen a string of successful collaborations put forth from the producer. Pharrell famously collaborated with Louis Vuitton in 2008 on a fine jewellery collection based on coats of arms and has been a Chanel ambassador for years, making him no stranger to the realm of elegant luxury jewellery.
However, despite the intrigue and speculation, there’s still no specific timeline on when fans can expect Pharrell and Tiffany & Co. to release their collaboration to the public. For now, like most anticipated drops, we’ll have to sate our appetites with impromptu cameos and cryptic Instagram posts.