Pharrell Williams is the perfect dichotomy of man and style.
While he loves his street wear duds and exclusive kicks, Williams is also the ultimate, dapper gentleman and The Wall Street Journal Magazine believes so too.
From his cool, Skateboard P, N.E.R.D. days to making knocking bass lines for the music’s hottest artists to creating the global hit “Happy,” his mass appeal is ever-evolving. To put it simply, Pharrell is “the master of style” (as WSJ boasts).
In their September 2014 Men’s Style Issue Williams discusses his career in the music industry, his personal style, and the infamous Vivienne Westwood hat that created it’s own 15 minutes of fame.
Continue clicking to see photos and excerpts from the cover story.
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Finding His Purpose
“I think when I put out my first solo album, the music was just eclipsed by all the braggadocio. That was me feeling like I had to be like Jay or Puff. I didn’t realize that that was their story—the story of the struggle to will your way out of where you’re from, to cash in on that, first for yourself, then for other people. But I didn’t see that. All I saw was the planes, the cars, the girls—the ornaments but not the tree they were hanging on. I was making music with and for Jay-Z and Puff, but I was a weirdo in that world. It took me a minute to find my purpose; I knew something was missing. Now I want to make music with something extra to it. I want to make it feel good.”
The Infamous Vivienne Westwood Hat
“Give Vivienne Westwood the accolade. I bought it in London years ago. I just liked it. I’m as surprised as anybody else that it became a thing.”
His Status As A Fashion Icon
“It embarrasses me a bit to be a figure in fashion. I think everyone is interested in what they put on, even if you dress conservatively. Whatever you’re trying to mask, the mask itself says something about your personality.”