If pop culture has proven anything lately, it’s that the world is better with big Beyoncé news. Fresh off news of her gracing the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in possibly her most revealing interview ever, Beyoncé’s camp has announced a new collaboration with a global luxury brand.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z will star in a new campaign with Tiffany & Co. in a series appropriately dubbed “ABOUT LOVE,” launching globally in print on September 2 and shot by Mason Poole and styled by June Ambrose and Marni Senofonte.
In a first for Tiffany & Co., the Tiffany Diamond — which weighs 128.54 carats and boasts an unprecedented 82 facets — will be unveiled for a campaign (who better than the queen, indeed?), per a press release.
Beyoncé will don the iconic jewel, famously unearthed in 1877 in the Kimberley Mines of South Africa and purchased by founder Charles Lewis Tiffany in 1878, throughout the campaign.
Appearing under a backdrop of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Equals Pi (1982) painting, JAY-Z appears with his glorious wife wearing Jean Schlumberger’s legendary Bird on a Rock brooch, now reconstructed as a pair of one-of-a-kind cufflinks. (Schlumberger was best known for dressing high society’s elite in the 1960s and ’70s.)
An accompanying film (launching on Tiffany.com on September 15) by acclaimed director Emmanuel Adjei features a musical performance of the classic song “Moon River.” Here, Beyonce croons on the instantly recognizable tune made famous in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s in video captured by JAY-Z on a Super 8 camera.
For the digital film, the Carters handpicked the Orum House in Los Angeles to serve as the setting, perfect for its nostalgic flashbacks interwoven with cinematic, dreamlike visuals.
Adding some substance to the style, Tiffany & Co. has pledged $2 million towards scholarship and internship programs for historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in partnership with the Carters.
“Beyoncé and JAY-Z are the epitome of the modern love story,” said Alexandre Arnault, executive vice president of product & communications, in a press 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.”