Aptly referred to as an “agent of change”, Pharrell Williams is the cover star of the iconic GQ magazine for the month of September.
The magazine sheds light on the fashion antics of the music star, with emphasis on how Pharrell’s style of wearing tight fitting jeans, green hermit bags and more, that were not the norm for men then.
“In 2015, Pharrell starred in a campaign for the vaunted French fashion house—never mind that it isn’t in the menswear business. Earlier this year, at the behest of the late Karl Lagerfeld, he became the first celebrity (of any gender) to collaborate on a capsule collection with the maison. It’s called Chanel Pharrell.”
The magazine continued:
“Pharrell has been an agent of change his whole career. When he broke into the public consciousness, about 20 years ago, as a producer and then as the frontman of N.E.R.D., he looked different from everyone else in hip-hop, wearing slimmer jeans, more fitted skate tees, and mesh trucker hats. That might not sound earth-shattering now, but a whole generation of young African American misfits will tell you that Pharrell Williams was the first time they saw themselves in pop culture. A weirdo called Skateboard P who stood confidently apart from rap’s monolithic archetype. A nerd who made being different feel cool.
“As he created hit after hit, Pharrell’s wardrobe continued to morph. He special-ordered a custom-made Hermès Birkin bag in inky purple crocodile and, in 2007, began wearing it everywhere. He started wearing Chanel clothes and jewelry, as well as designs by cultish Céline creative director Phoebe Philo.”
GQ notes that Pharrell’s wardrobe inspired subtle shifts in the culture around him.
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