The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Pharrell. For someone who doesn't often say much, the story covered all the bases, including why he's embarrassed to be a "figure in fashion," his idols, which includes Comme des Garçons' Rei Kawakubo, and why he bought his famous diamond-encrusted Rubik's Cube chain. There's also some mention of his upcoming adidas line set to drop this fall.
Pharrell doesn't actually say much about adidas, but the writer, Robert Haskell, nonchalantly mentions a yellow leather jacket to be included in the line, as well as a carbon-fiber fedora that the producer wanted to release but adidas deemed to be too expensive to produce. He also mentions that the Ugg boots Pharrell was seen wearing this past June were actually from a limited-edition CdG collaboration. Of course.
When his infamous Vivienne Westwood hat comes up, Pharrell says he prefers not to discuss the hat and jewelry, and fashion in general. "It embarrasses me a bit to be a figure in fashion," he told WSJ. "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." So what does the hat say about him? "Give Vivienne Westwood the accolade," he protests. "I bought it in London years ago. I just liked it. I'm as surprised as anybody else that it became a thing."
He does, however, admit that his diamond-encrusted Rubik's Cube chain was one of the first things he bought when Neptunes started making millions. The same chain he now says is "ridiculous."
The producer went on to praise a few individuals he considers idols. Of those, he mentions CdG's Rei Kawakubo, Jeff Koons, Walt Disney, Coco Chanel, Takashi Murakami, and Stevie Wonder. "These are people," he told the publication, "who had epiphanies and then did something with them. As I see it, you can live two ways. You can live life the way you always imagined it would play out, or you can try to make the thing you dream of making. If you choose the second, get ready for an amazing ride. That's the ride I'm on."
Read the full article here.
[via The Wall Street Journal]