In the world of red carpet style, the Met Gala has been the place for celebrity couples to be seen together. Whatever the theme, many famous pairs have coordinated their looks for the stylish affair. 2019’s camp-themed affair, for instance, saw a particularly high number of couples who matched for the event. And with this year’s Met Gala rapidly approaching, Vogue is celebrating the spirit of the ball, looking back on the couples’ style moments that still resonate today.
If the Met Gala is a place for bold, one-of-kind fashion to be unveiled, it’s also a place where high-profile couples have made their red carpet debuts. Take Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik, who walked the red carpet for the first time together in 2016: The stars wore futuristic getups inspired by the year’s technology theme, Hadid in a space-age, chic Tommy Hilfiger gown and Malik in a Versace suit with robotic-style sleeves. For other couples, the Met Gala has served as a meet-cute spot. Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra met for the first time at the soirée in 2017, and now the pair are husband and wife.
Other famous duos who have been fixtures at the Met Gala as well include the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, and Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner—who could forget the latter couple’s matching geometric looks by Louis Vuitton in 2019, which they wore just one week after getting hitched? Last year, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky set the Internet ablaze when they showed up to the Met steps in matching voluminous looks (Rihanna in Balenciaga, Rocky in ERL).
Below, see 23 of the best celebrity couples who have made style statements twice as nice.
Elizabeth Hurley and Hugh Grant, 1995
David Bowie and Iman, 2008
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady, 2008
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, 2011
Jay-Z and Beyoncé, 2011
Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, 2012
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, 2014
David and Victoria Beckham, 2014
Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union, 2015
Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid, 2016
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, 2016
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, 2016
Amal and George Clooney, 2018
Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre, 2018
Travis Scott and Kylie Jenner, 2019
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter, 2019
Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas, 2019
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner, 2019
A$AP Rocky and Rihanna, 2021
Justin and Hailey Bieber, 2021
Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams, 2021
Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz, 2021
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, 2021
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Tiffany & Co. is on a hot streak. Since being acquired by LVMH in January of this year, the New York luxury jeweler has repeatedly made news: celebrity partnerships and faces, a new collection with a limited edition artist collaboration component, neighborhood pop-up shops, and now a blockbuster partnership with Supreme. The six-piece collaboration draws on the iconic Return to Tiffany collection, adjusting the tags with a quippy “Return to Supreme” line. There are pearls—a truly androgynous trend piece—as well as sterling silver keychains, a star bracelet, and heart tag earrings.
Supreme teased the collaboration over the weekend on their social media, showing the freshwater cultured pearl necklace with silver tag worn with a simple white t-shirt—no text to explain. Come Monday morning, both brands had confirmed the November 11 release.
The collaboration, which starts at $54 and caps at $1250, is an introductory price point for the luxury jeweler and hits a demographic that may be enticed by Beyoncé in the Tiffany Yellow Diamond, Jay-Z in a Schlumberger brooch, or Hailey Bieber in yellow gold and diamond pieces, but unable to buy the higher-priced items. It also speaks to Alexandre Arnault’s involvement in the brand. Arnault, son of LVMH’s chairman Bernard Arnault and current VP of product and communications at Tiffany & Co., is the former CEO of Rimowa and has collaborated with Supreme to much success in his past role.
Beyoncé Wears Audrey Hepburn’s Priceless Breakfast At Tiffany’s Diamonds in Her First Tiffany Campaign
Beyoncé and Jay-Z for the Tiffany & Co. Fall 2021 About Love Campaign. Photo: Mason Poole
When you have Beyoncé and Jay-Z starring in a campaign that will hopefully usher in a new era of your brand, you break out the big guns. For Tiffany & Co, that meant adorning Beyoncé in the 128.54 carat Tiffany Diamond previously only worn by three other people (one of them being Audrey Hepburn), along with a host of other luxury jewels.
Of course, the priceless Fancy Yellow diamond on a long chain adorned with over 100 carats of diamonds itself looks right at home around Beyoncé’s neck as she poses for Tiffany’s new About Love campaign, shot by Mason Poole and styled by June Ambrose and Marni Senofonte, and the accompanying video, shot by Black Is King director Emmanuel Adjei. Her hair, styled by Jawara Wauchope and Nakia Rachon, is piled on top of her head in a glamorously unkempt up ’do and her make-up is subtle, save for a dramatic cat eye (perhaps another nod to Hepburn’s Holly Golightly). The priceless necklace matches her 22-carat cushion-cut yellow diamond ring, two of many diamond-heavy pieces she wears throughout the campaign.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z for the Tiffany & Co. Fall 2021 About Love Campaign. Photo: Mason Poole
Jay-Z, in a neat black tux that complements Beyoncé’s curve-skimming, black cut-out dress, has his own fair share of jewels. A Bird on a Rock brooch by Jean Schlumberger, one of the most renowned jewellers of the 20th-century who was once vice president of Tiffany & Co, was refashioned into a one-of-a-kind pair of cufflinks for the rapper. He also wears a striking Apollo brooch in platinum, yellow gold, and diamonds, as well as a slew of other Tiffany pieces including one of their new engagement rings for men.
“Beyoncé and Jay-Z are the epitome of the modern love story,” Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of product & communications said in a release. “As a brand that has always stood for love, strength and self-expression, we could not think of a more iconic couple that better represents Tiffany’s values. We are honored to have the Carters as a part of the Tiffany family.”
Given it’s the first time the couple has starred in a campaign together, you’d have a hard time imagining what could create more buzz. Which is exactly the point. The campaign ushers in a new era at Tiffany’s under the creative direction of Ruba Abu-Nimah, who was appointed in March. Continuing that partnership, Tiffany will also donate $2 million towards Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
But while the star power will undoubtedly bring in the couples’ fanbase, there are some Easter eggs for Tiffany fans as well. The film pays homage to Breakfast at Tiffany’s with a new version of the song “Moon River,” sung by Beyoncé and captured on Super 8 film by Jay-Z. For art fans, the Carters pose in front of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Equals Pi painting, which is rendered in Tiffany Blue (part of a private collection, the piece has never been on public display before). The film will be released on Tiffany’s website on September 15. We can’t wait to hear Beyoncé’s take on the iconic song. Until then, these images will be burned in our memory – not least because of the blinding diamonds.
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United Entertainment Group, an entertainment, sports and lifestyle marketing agency, and Roc Nation, the entertainment company, have launched Roc Nation United, which has been appointed the global licensing agency for Naeem Khan.
Through this alliance, Roc Nation United will help the Naeem Khan brand expand through licensing into new product categories, including accessories, fragrance, home decor and beauty.
Naeem Khan fall 2020 Stephen Lovekin/WWD
Roc Nation United was established to identify, develop, market and implement global licensing and brand opportunities for Roc Nation, and its roster of talent; Paper Planes (a direct-to-consumer and wholesale brand); UEG’s extensive catalogue of global clients, as well as brands and external individuals.
Asked why the two companies decided to form a new entity, Jarrod Moses, chief executive officer of United Entertainment Group, who will also serve as co-ceo of Roc Nation United, said: “In order to have successful partnerships and ventures, you really have to have skin in the game. We’re an agency that thrives on creating culture, and Roc Nation is an agency that represents the leaders and creators of culture, so it’s a perfect partnership.”
Moses said he’s looking forward to working with Khan to expand his brand across multiple touch points.
“Because Naeem Khan is an incredible fashion designer, he’s also a leader in the world of culture, he’s a creator and maker. We’ll work with him to create businesses that really encapsulate his vision. It can be anything from accessories to furniture to home design to technology, you name it, as long as it carries the DNA of what Naeem Khan stands for and his business represents,” Moses said.
“We want to make sure we’re very prescriptive and committed to each of our clients,” he added. “This is not a game of casting a wide net….This is a very strategic initiative that takes time and careful planning. We’ll only be taking on clients we believe we can build a business around, and those we believe will be sustainable for a long time.”
Brett Yormark, co-ceo of Roc Nation United, who is also president of business operations and strategy for Roc Nation, added: “I am excited to work with Jarrod and his team at UEG to create singular opportunity for our clients that will grow their brands into new verticals. As an iconic fashion designer who has worked with many of the world’s most influential people, Naeem Khan is a terrific first external partner for our venture. I am equally as excited about the opportunities this alliance will create for brand Roc Nation, and to see it activated in never-before-seen categories.”
Thomas Caravella has been named managing director for Roc Nation United, and will oversee Khan’s business. He has more than 25 years in the licensing business and will report to Moses and Yormack.
Khan, the luxury ready-to-wear and bridal designer, launched his eponymous collection in 2003, selling such stores as Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. Known for his intricate embroidery, refined drapery and rich colors, Khan’s dresses have been worn by such celebrities as Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Rachel McAdams, First Lady Michelle Obama, Queen Noor of Jordan and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton. The designer Khan launched the Naeem Khan Bridal collection in 2013.
Naeem Khan Bridal fall 2021 Courtesy of Naeem Khan
In an interview with WWD, Khan said he’s been friendly with Desiree Perez, ceo of Roc Nation, for many years. She was at his studio having a fitting, and he mentioned to her he has all these ideas he wants to work on. He had just come back from a meeting with the Florida agricultural commission because he wants to grow hemp there.
Among the categories he’s most interested in doing are fragrances, eyewear and cosmetics. “I am one of India’s few international designers. I think we can really expand the brand throughout the world with fragrances. I have a great following in the Middle East and Asia, and it’s all very natural. I think the future of fashion is collaborating with other artists. Imagine me with a rock star or a rap star, and we can combine forces to create brands that are ecologically conscious.”
Khan said he’s never had any licensing agreements. “I have stayed away from it. Until you have the right licensing partner, you don’t want to license. I’m very careful. My company is like a little jewel. You don’t license for the sake of making money, you want to do it right,” he said.
Discussing his current business, Khan said, “The retail environment is very challenging right now. But there are certain sides of the business that are doing incredibly well, such as the couture side of the business is fantastic. People are still having events and getting married, but they’re smaller events. He said he’s working on gowns for weddings in the U.S., in South America and in the Middle East.
“The store business is still there, but it’s the online business, my Net-a-porter and Moda Operandi business is good, but the retail walk-in business is a difficult business right now,” he said. Khan sells his products to 250 stores.
He said he would consider doing a licensing deal for a less-expensive collection with eco-friendly fabrics.
“To make my kind of product is not easy. You have to have certain knowledge and artisans to make it. As far as high-end is concerned, I have 600 people who work for me across Asia. I don’t have to worry about the high-end. The way I want to go forward with doing the less expensive stuff is it doesn’t have to be eveningwear. You can make chiffon from hemp, you can make beautiful crepe from fibers that are ecologically friendly. We want to start going into those kind of categories, they are ecologically amazing but still look fabulous. This is a whole new area. We have identified several places we can do this. We need the right partner for it because these are mass products. I’m not geared to do that kind of production,” Khan said.
Khan said the word has gone out, there’s a lot of interest, and he’s in talks with several people right now.
Roc Nation, founded in 2008 by Jay Z, is a leading entertainment company that works with recording artists, producers and songwriters. They handle artist management, music publishing, touring, producing and strategic brand development.
United Entertainment Group, founded in 2007, is part of the DJE Holdings Network and works with Fortune 500 companies, celebrities, athletes and leading media properties.