Pharrell Williams’ fashion statements over the past year are being applauded by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. On Wednesday the CFDA named Williams its Fashion Icon of the Year. Williams will accept his award June 1 at Lincoln Center in New York City.
“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” Diane von Furstenberg, president of the CFDA, said in a statement Wednesday.
Past honorees include Rihanna, Iman, Kate Moss, Lady Gaga and Johnny Depp.
Williams’ fashion endeavors include his clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream. On top of that, Williams also owns a New York City boutique and has designed glasses and jewelry for Louis Vuitton.
Let’s take a look at some of Williams’ most interesting fashions over the past year.
Williams single-handedly reinvented your great uncle’s short suit:
He also made bellboy uniforms fashionable:
This is definitely a new spin on the denim tuxedo:
Yet another short suit:
And this last piece, well, there aren’t enough words in the world to describe it:
Somewhere, decked out in ripped sweatshirt and sweatpants, Kanye West is screaming, “Why not me?”