EXCLUSIVE: Fashion's New Poster Boy Pharrell Williams On What Makes Him Happy

13 March 2014 by

Everywhere we look in Planet Fashion right now, one face keeps smiling back at us. Pharrell Williams - musician, producer and general all-round polymath - has segued his talents into the world of style, got himself some signature headwear and nabbed countless brand endorsements. From Moncler's sunglasses to a new perfume collaboration with Commes des Garcons, Pharrell is on a fashion roll. In honor of his many achievments, we thought it was an opportune moment to bring you our Q&A with the Blurred Lines superstar...

Pharrell Williams Modelling His Signature Vivienne Westwood Hat

Grazia Daily: Who are you closest to?

Pharrell Williams: Probably my girl [model and designer Helen Lasichanh who Williams married last year] and my family. My mum, my dad, my son, my girl – that’s who I’m closest to.

Grazia Daily: What you earliest memory?

Pharrell Williams: I remember when I was three years old, my grandfather coming into the door of my mom’s apartment. It was when we were living in the projects – just before he died in ’76.

Grazia Daily: What your biggest fear?

Pharrell Williams: I don’t fear as a rule.

Grazia Daily: What is relaxation to you?

Pharrell Williams: Being with the family makes me feel most relaxed.

Pharrell Williams with Wife and 'Bestie' Helen Lasichanh

Grazia Daily: What do you value in a partner?

Pharrell Williams: You mean as in my girl? Oh, well being besties is the most important thing – you have to be best friends.

Grazia Daily: Tell us something that will surprise us about you?

Pharrell Williams: I’m totally obsessed with Einstein’s process of tapping into the ether. He called it thought experiments and I was very surprised to see that it was so similar to the Leonardo di Vinci’s process. It’s like putting a candle on the floor and looking at the light flickering on the celling to zone out –which is a good description of what it’s like when I make music. Oftentimes I’ll go outside walking and it’s the walking that allows me to zone out because my mind starts to wander. It’s the same when I’m taking a shower - the water causes sensory deprivation. It’s the wandering that brings about good ideas for me.

Grazia Daily: Describe the last time you can remember feeling totally happy?

Pharrell Williams: I’ve been totally happy for a few months now- since I turned 40 [this April] actually. I don’t think it was the fact of turning 40; it was just the sequence of events that followed it. It’s been crazy – I mean look at the Moncler collaboration and everything that’s happened this year. I’ve always been thankful, but now I’m thankful and super-happy.

Pharrell Williams Modelling His Signature Vivienne Westwood Hat

Grazia Daily: You are collaborated with Italian outdoor brand Moncler on a sunglasses line. Why did you decide collaborate with the label?

Pharrell Williams: The question is why did they decide to collaborate with me? To be honest they don’t need me, so I think you’re going to have to ask them.

Grazia Daily: What makes a great pair of shades?

Pharrell Williams: These days when it comes to design I’m about silhouette and functionality first. Everything else is like, whatever. I feel like what’s more important – the t-shirt or the big label plastered across it? I know I’m one to talk – with Billionaire Boys Club [premium men’s streetwear brand] we do that logo thing sometimes. But that’s changing. In high fashion it’s all about great silhouettes. Just think about Rei Kawakubo [founder of Comme des Garcons] - she’s a genius. She proves you don’t need to cover your designs in a label, because the silhouette tells you exactly who made it.

Grazia Daily: What’s your biggest regret in life?

Pharrell Williams: Not learning foreign languages in school.

Grazia Daily: What’s the most expensive item in your wardrobe?

Pharrell Williams: I think that’s just a little ostentatious to answer that, just because I don’t want to be defined by that - because at the end of the day I can’t take it with me.

Grazia Daily: What item could you not live without?

Pharrell Williams: The only thing I need it time. There isn’t a single thing, as in a possession, that I couldn’t live without.

Grazia Daily: What’s the one thing you would change about your life?

Pharrell Williams: I wouldn’t change a thing.


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