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

A short history of the superproducer's surprising, fashionable inspirations
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Malcolm McLaren

Here is where it all began: punk impresario and fashion designer Malcolm McLaren, in 1981, donning an early version of the Buffalo hat with an intricate moto-inspired jacket — a fashion risk back then — doing post-arrest Scruff McGruff on his way to Sturgis. It's a strong look, and makes total sense why an iconoclast such as Pharrell would want to emulate it: It's a design of its own era, locatable within punk rock but not tethered to it.

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