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Beyoncé And Jay-Z Are The New Faces Of Tiffany & Co. |  August 23, 2021 (0 comments)


New York, NY—Tiffany & Co. has announced that powerhouse couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z [Carter] will star in its latest campaign celebrating modern love. Tiffany's debut of "ABOUT LOVE" (image) marks the latest evolution of the luxury jeweler's new creative direction since its acquisition by LVMH earlier this year. The campaign is the result of a close collaboration and a shared vision between both the Carters and Tiffany & Co.

"Beyoncé and JAY-Z are the epitome of the modern love story. 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," said Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of product and communications for the brand.

The 29-year-old Arnault—son of LVMH chair Bernard Arnault—has been the driving force behind efforts to reposition the brand to appeal to a younger consumer. Since Arnault's tenure began, the jeweler shocked consumers with its debut of a brilliant yellow color alongside its signature blue, and has gotten online backlash in response to an outdoor campaign, “Not Your Mother’s Tiffany,” seen on billboards around Los Angeles and New York. But the jeweler—and marketing analysts—are betting on LVMH, which has a history of turning around stumbling heritage brands.

Related: No Joke: Tiffany Doubles Down On Bright Yellow

As the first time the couple has appeared in a campaign together, "ABOUT LOVE" is an exploration of connection and vulnerability. The Carters' love story is illuminated by the iconic Tiffany Diamond and set against the backdrop of Jean-Michel Basquiat's Equals Pi (1982).* As part of a private collection from its creation until now, this campaign marks the work of art's first public appearance, propelling forward Tiffany's long-standing tradition of working with New York creatives. Ushering in a new brand identity, this campaign embodies the beauty of love through time and all its diverse facets, forging a new vision of love today.  

The campaign breaks boundaries for the famed Tiffany Diamond in two ways: it's the first time in history the stone is being worn by a Black woman, and it's the first time in history the stone has been worn in an ad campaign. The Tiffany Diamond weighs 128.54 carats and boasts an unprecedented 82 facets. Seen on Beyoncé throughout "ABOUT LOVE," it is considered among the most important gemstone discoveries of the 19th century. Unearthed in 1877 in the Kimberley Mines of South Africa—40 years after the Tiffany’s founding—Charles Lewis Tiffany purchased the rough diamond in 1878, solidifying the brand's reputation as a diamond authority. 

House icons including designs from Jean Schlumberger and the Tiffany T collection are also featured throughout the campaign. Most notably, JAY-Z wears Jean Schlumberger's legendary Bird on a Rock brooch, reconstructed as a pair of one-of-a-kind cuff links. Jean Schlumberger was best known for dressing high society's elite in the 1960s and '70s, so it is appropriate that his unmistakable designs live out his legacy on one of today's greatest creative forces. 

A film by acclaimed director Emmanuel Adjei has also been created and features a musical performance of the classic song "Moon River." Made famous in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's, the iconic tune is reimagined with vocals by Beyoncé, captured by JAY-Z on a Super 8 camera. The couple selected the Orum House in Los Angeles to serve as the setting for the film, in which nostalgic flashbacks are interwoven with cinematic, dreamlike visuals. Basquiat's Equals Pi appears once again as a common Tiffany Blue® thread throughout the narrative. The accompanying "ABOUT LOVE" print campaign was shot by Mason Poole and styled by June Ambrose and Marni Senofonte. 

"ABOUT LOVE" reflects Tiffany's continued support of underrepresented communities. As a part of the house's partnership with the Carters, Tiffany & Co. is proud to pledge a $2 million commitment towards scholarship and internship programs for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Additional details on this initiative are forthcoming. 

"ABOUT LOVE" launches globally in print on September 2. The accompanying film will launch on September 15 and will be amplified through global media activations. The campaign will further unfold later this year with additional films created by acclaimed director Dikayl Rimmasch and second unit director, Derek Milton.

Tiffany's new "Not Your Mother's Tiffany" campaign, above, has been seen as an insult to its loyal older customers, but the website shows new ways to wear its iconic silver pieces.

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