Buffalo Stance: Pharrell's Style Icons From Hat to Toe

A short history of the superproducer's surprising, fashionable inspirations
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Pharrell Williams has always been a style icon, but he's been in the news for his fashion sense more than ever lately. Blame it, of course, on #PharrellHat, the 1983 Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat that he's been toting to every single function since the Grammys, and whose appearance has caused such an outsized stir that it has its own Twitter account. But there's history to his Grammy look — it's cribbed directly from Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" video — and as it turns out, many of his recent appearances take sartorial cues from musical icons throughout history. Here's a tour. By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

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