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THROUGH THICKE AND THIN: Although Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff was absent at Cipriani on Fifth Avenue Thursday night at the company’s fete and private-listening party for musician Robin Thicke (he was surely celebrating the birth of son Oscar, born the night before), the face of N.E.R.D. and The Neptunes, Pharrell Williams, was there to show his support for Thicke.
“He’s such a great talent,” said Williams of Thicke, who is actor Alan Thicke’s son.
But Williams was clearly disturbed by the fashion crowd (which included Rachel Roy and DJ Sky Nellor) chatter. He interrupted Thicke’s first tune and announced, “Anyone who is here for free drinks can leave now, because this guy here is really something special.”
Thicke performed four tracks off his yet-to-be-released second album, while the last song, “Wanna Love You Girl,” called for Williams to get on stage and rap in all his bling-ed glory. He was, after all, wearing a 125-carat colored diamond-encrusted medallion and necklace from Jacob & Co., worth an estimated $500,000.
This story first appeared in the August 8, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.