Pharrell Williams, the creative genius behind Louis Vuitton‘s fashion empire, has unveiled an exciting twist to his role as the luxury brand’s creative director. In a recent interview with GQ, Williams disclosed his unique approach to seamlessly merging the worlds of fashion and music. The multi-talented artist has set up a state-of-the-art recording studio within the confines of Louis Vuitton’s Paris headquarters.
Williams, who assumed the position of creative director at the renowned French fashion house in February, made his debut in the fashion world with a spectacular collection showcased during men’s fashion week in June. Reflecting on his dual passions, he explained, “I go back and forth between music and clothes—songs and shoes, accessories and harmonies. And it’s one fluid thing.“
This harmonious blend of fashion and music is made possible by the recording studio that Williams has established right in his office at Louis Vuitton. The studio allows him to effortlessly transition between crafting clothing designs and producing musical masterpieces.
In another interview with The New York Times Style magazine earlier this summer, Pharrell emphasized the striking similarities he sees between the creative processes involved in designing clothing and making music. He remarked, “Being a producer and a creative director are similar. I can go from apparel to drums, from trunks to melodies. Within my design studio, I have a section allocated to music, so I go back and forth all day.”
Amidst this exciting fusion of fashion and music, Pharrell Williams also dropped a tantalizing hint about the return of N.E.R.D, the iconic hip-hop and rock band he co-founded. Speaking to Tyler, The Creator in his conversation with GQ, Pharrell revealed that he has been diligently working on “twelve N.E.R.D records” while stationed in Paris.
He teased the new N.E.R.D material, describing it as having “big choruses” while still incorporating his signature complex musical arrangements. Pharrell shared, “They’re big choruses, but you know, out of nowhere, I’ll just come out of nowhere with the three-bar, crazy-nuts chords that go three-bar to four-bar to eight-bar. It’s good bro, it’s good.” Drawing a comparison to the band’s 2001 album ‘In Search Of…,’ he spoke of recapturing that same feeling of creative freedom and experimentation.