The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams is not ready to let his oversized hat buzz die down just yet after being spotted donning it at an Academy Awards-related event this week.
The music hitmaker was spotted in Los Angeles with the now-infamous hat Monday (February 10).
All eyes were on Pharrell and his famous hat while attending the 86th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton on Monday. In addition to rocking the grey Vivienne Westwood creation, the Grammy-winning producer completed his casual look with jeans and drawn-on adidas Stan Smith sneakers. He mingled with his fellow nominees including Sandra Bullock and posed for the annual Oscar nominee portrait alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Cate Blanchett. (Rap-Up)
Instead of hyping up the situation, Williams recently downplayed the interest his hat has generated.
“I was just wearing a hat. Trust me, if I knew what it was going to do, you just never know those things. It’s just pure extinct. Some people like it and some people are like, ‘What is that?’ But at the end of the day, I sleep good, I rest good knowing that it’s just me expressing myself. I just don’t understand people who live in a box and are really comfortable saying, ‘Me too.’ It’s so weird to me.” (“Big Boy’s Neighborhood”)
An unexpected must-see music video centered on the hat had started to make its rounds online last week.
Even after adding to his Grammy collection this past Sunday, it’s nice to see Pharrell doesn’t take himself too seriously. Joining the entire Internet (including a sandwich chain) in poking fun at his Vivienne Westwood hat, Skateboard P’s iamOTHER company has reworked part of his viral “Happy” video to feature his Arby’s/Smokey the Bear/Canadian Mountain Police headpiece. The result? “Hatty.” (Miss Info TV)
According to reports, there is now massive interest by consumers to purchase the hat.
After the hat was identified as an item from Vivienne Westwood’s 1982 collection, the website for her World’s End shop (where it is exclusively sold) crashed due to high traffic, a rep for the brand said. (It’s now back online.) A sales representative at the Vivienne Westwood boutique in West Hollywood, the brand’s only free-standing store in the States, tells the Cut that there have been “plenty of people inquiring about how they can order it” since Sunday, and too many phone calls to count. (NY Mag)
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