Pharrell Williams Stars in Chanel’s Gilded Metier d’Art Show in New York

Is it Pharrell — or Pharaoh? Pharrell Williams stole the show Tuesday night at Chanel’s Metiers d’Art extravaganza, which was held in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and had a very museum-worthy ancient Egyptian theme.

Williams has long been a friend of the Chanel family, sitting front-row with wife Helen Lasichanh at the French fashion house’s elaborate shows around the world, creating highly coveted sneakers under the guidance of Karl Lagerfeld and Adidas, and even designing a capsule collection with the brand, set to debut in March 2019. And so for the latest Chanel show, it was only natural for Williams to return to the runway.

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Williams’s gilded boots, pants and pharaoh-inspired metallic knit sweater on the runway at Chanel Metiers d’Art.
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The musician and designer stepped out in an all-gold ensemble that perfectly encapsulated the theme, right down to his gilded boots and Cleopatra-inspired kohl eyeliner that he wore on his eyelids.

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An ancient Egyptian-inspired gown with gold flats on the runway at Chanel Metiers d’Art.
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An embellished, ancient Egyptian-inspired gown and gold pumps at Chanel.
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Gold pumps — and gold spray-painted legs — on the Chanel runway at the Met in New York.
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There was gold everywhere on the runway, and especially on-foot. Many of the looks featured gold leather boots embellished with costume jewelry on the heels and stamped in a crocodile print (the brand recently announced that it would stop sourcing exotic skins). From afar, the boots looked like thigh-highs, but a closer glance revealed them to be under-the-knee boots — and gold spray-painted legs.

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A gold-legged look at Chanel.
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Gold legs and booties paired with an embellished tweed dress and pyramid-shaped bag on the Chanel runway.
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Metallic trousers and gold booties at Chanel’s Metier d’Art show in New York.
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A children’s look with matching gold boots at Chanel.
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The various gold boots were a perfect match for the collection’s covetable handbags, which were also done in various gold materials, from tweed and classic chain links to bejeweled resin clutches and hand-painted styles.

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A gilded handbag on the Chanel Metiers d’Art runway.
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A hand-painted tote on the runway.
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A bejeweled handbag on the Chanel Metiers d’Art runway.
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Chanel’s annual Metier’s d’Art show is known for highlighting the craftsmanship of the many specialty workshops that the brand works with — and some of which they have bought in the past decade as a way of preserving the unique, handmade techniques (known in French as savoir-faire) of the studios. That includes fabric flower specialist Lemarié (which produces the house’s iconic camellias), costume jeweler Goossens and master shoemaker Massaro, which began producing Chanel’s two-tone brogues in 1957.

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A detailed view of the craftsmanship included in Chanel’s Metiers d’Art collection.
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A hand-beaded top and earrings at Chanel’s Metiers d’Art show.
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Last year, Chanel announced that it would be building a center dedicated to housing its various Metiers d’art. The five-story structure located in the outskirts of Paris is set to open in 2020.

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