Fashion lover or not, Chanel's not an unfamiliar name. While the couture fashion house is intrinsically part of the womenswear realm, it does have rare pieces of menswear (as shown during its Métiers d'Art runway shows) or at the very least, bigger sizes that men who want and love its tweed jackets, can fit into. And when you have male style icons such as Pharrell Williams, Future, Brad Pitt and Marc Jacobs spotted in Chanel, the desire to own a piece of Chanel defies traditional notions of gender.
Since scoring a Chanel menswear piece is even rarer than winning a successful sneaker ballot, its range of accessories are easier bets. Who can truly say what’s a ‘women’s’ bag or a ‘women’s pin’ anyway?
Chanel’s latest eyewear campaign embodies that gender-blurring aspect pretty well. Featuring five muses—all of whom are connected to Chanel in some form—across the worlds of acting and music, the house included prior collaborator Pharrell Williams, and French musician Sébastien Tellier. In a short film, all five muses speak to French DJ Pedro Winter about their personal creative journeys as well as their relationship with Chanel.
Most importantly, the eyewear Williams and Tellier sport are anything but Chanel-lite. The former features an oversized rectangular silhouette with the iconic Chanel logo on each side, and embellished with engraved gold plates at the sides that resemble the texture of tweed. Tellier's pair is even more impressive—the single-lensed piece is completely framed in classic Chanel tweed and finished off with a double C patch on each temple.
But then again, you're not only restricted to the two aforementioned models. If you're leaning towards the pieces as seen on Qualley and Angèle—each fixed with a string of pearls—we say, go for it. It's Chanel; so there's that.