Pharrell Williams in December 2011.
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We’ve been following Pharrell Williams’ fashion moves oh-so-closely for, well, as long as we can remember. So, you can only imagine how thrilled we were when we found out that he published a weeklong style diary in The New York Times. FINALLY we could find some answers to our burning questions like: Does Pharrell, in fact, doodle on his own shoes? If so, what does it all mean? What’s his go-to outfit? Who’s his favorite designer? Ahhhh, we could go on and on. Luckily, he answered all of these quandaries (and more!) in the article. Here are the top five things that most surprised us:
1.) He wears SpongeBob SquarePants toe socks: “I love SpongeBob; I just think he’s funny. Squidward is my favorite, though. If he was a human, I would hang out with him.”
2.) He customizes his Timberlands with Sharpies: “I drew on the boots with white and red Sharpie paint pens. It’s a bit American mall rat- and punk-influenced: some cartoon graphics and a small Chanel CC logo.”
Pharrell Williams in his customized Timberlands.
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3.) He has a “default” outfit: “Day two of rehearsals at Capitol Records […] Wore my default outfit: a Billionaire Boys Club white V-neck shirt, blue jeans, black N.E.R.D. logo skullcap, Junya Watanabe black leather jacket, and the Timbs with red laces. Tied a gray and red flannel shirt around my waist. Grunge, baby!”
4.) Junya Watanabe keeps him from getting sick: “[BAPE creator] Nigo introduced me to Junya Watanabe’s designs a few years ago and I’ve liked Junya’s sensibility ever since: out of the box, but not trying too hard. […] Our next destination was L.A. To prevent myself from getting sick on the plane, I wrapped a Junya plaid and camouflage print scarf around my neck.”
5.) He carries his laptop in an Hermès bag: “Presidents’ Day […] I decided to wear a gray V-neck shirt, navy hoodie, black RRL jeans and black low-cut Chuck Taylor sneakers. I also brought along an Hermès Haut à Courroies bag in camel. I use it for my computer.”