American Music producer, Pharell Williams ignored the formal dress code of the Grammys to team an over-sized Fedora with a red and white bomber jacket and jeans. Pharrell may have won a handful of awards on Sunday night, but it was Pharrell Williams’ choice of vintage inspired headwear that had everyone talking.
Williams’ hat is inspired by vintage Vivienne Westwood. The 1980s no less. Explaining his bold look, he told a Hollywood Reporter:
‘It’s a Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat from when she was with Malcolm McLaren. It’s not vintage – I would’ve been really stylin’ if I had one from the 80s.’
Vivienne Westwood is perhaps best-known, together with her former partner, Malcolm McLaren, as one of the pioneers of punk fashion during the late 1970s.Their clothes shop in London’s Kings Road was at the centre of the punk movement.
In 1981 Westwood launched herself as a fashion designer and began to look to a range of influences for her designs, encouraged by McLaren. This hat is from her second collection, known both as the Buffalo Girls Collection (Autumn-Winter 1982-83) and the Nostalgia of Mud Collection. The collection was the final time Westwood collaborated with McClaren.
Over the past week reports show that Pharrels Buffalo hat has increased google 5000% searches for mens headwear, the hat has its own Twitter account and I’ve even been had enquiries to make a similar piece for a local DJ. No other hat could compete for the accolade of Hat Of The Week. I made my first hat at around the same time that this song came out, so thank you to Pharrell and his hat for the trip down memory lane.
At the time of writing,The @Pharrellhat twitter account has 18,000 followers and counting…