It's hard to imagine many people who've had as productive a year as Pharrell Williams, the singer, producer, actor, designer and trendsetting fashion plate who could take home multiple awards at Sunday's
Williams kicks things off with a bang, not only by snagging four trophies at the 56th Grammy Awards but also managing to hijack the red carpet at the same time, turning up in a red Adidas track jacket, white T-shirt, blue jeans and sporting a distinctive piece of headgear, a brown hat with a wide brim and high, battered crown. The Vivienne Westwood Mountain Hat spawns a full-blown millinery meme that includes a parody Twitter account and comparisons to Canadian Mounties, Smokey Bear and the Arby's logo.
The Headwear Assn. announces the results of an online poll that crowns Williams its 2014 "hat person of the year" (Feb. 5). The single "Happy," from the "Despicable Me 2" soundtrack, which had been released on Dec. 18, 2013, goes gold (Feb. 6) and then quickly platinum (Feb. 21). Williams is on hand in the Marine Mammal Room at the New York
Nominated for original song (for "Happy"), Williams hits the Academy Awards red carpet (March 2) in a custom Lanvin ensemble that includes a black, wool, one-button, shawl-collar tuxedo jacket and matching shorts. He doesn't win the Oscar but his "Bermuda tux" earns him accolades as a sartorial standout — and his Grammy hat fetches $44,100 in an online charity auction. (The winning bidder: Arby's.) The next day his first album in nearly eight years, "Girl," debuts at the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. On March 31, NBC announces, via Twitter, that Williams will be joining "The Voice" as a coach for the reality music competition's seventh season.
Williams' collaboration with Japanese fast-fashion retailer Uniqlo makes its debut in stores (April 21). The "I Am Other" collection includes a range of T-shirts, baseball caps and pullover hoodies ($19.90 to $29.90) emblazoned with messages of individuality including "The Same is Lame" and "Think other." Williams decamps to Indio, Calif., for two consecutive weekend performances at the
Rizzoli publishes "We Are FriendsWithYou," a monograph covering the first 12 years of fine art collective FriendsWithYou. Among the contributors is Pharrell Williams, a longtime collaborator (May 6). Williams drops by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (May 7). To mark the release of his album, Williams curates an art exhibition titled "Girl," at the Galerie Perrotin in Paris. It includes 48 works — 12 created specifically for the exhibition — by some 37 artists including Yoko Ono, Terry Richardson, Cindy Sherman and Takashi Murakami (May 27 to June 25).
Williams lands at No. 38 on Forbes magazine's 2014 "Celebrity 100" list (between James Patterson and
A comparatively low-key month, Williams still manages to work in a surprise set for attendees of the Summer Serpentine Party, an annual fundraiser for the Serpentine Galleries held in London's Hyde Park (July 2). While in town he swings by another London charity event (the Nordoff Robbins O2 Silver Clef luncheon) to receive the Raymond Weil International Artist Award bestowed by Swiss luxury watch brand Raymond Weil. Previous recipients of the honor include Meatloaf, John Legend, Foo Fighters, Bob Geldof and Bon Jovi (July 4).
Fashion glossy Vanity Fair announces its annual International Best-Dressed List, which has Williams rubbing well-dressed elbows with Benedict Cumberbatch,
A unisex fragrance collaboration between Williams and Comme des Garçons Parfums launches at the brand's Dover Street Market in London (Sept. 1). Called Girl, the scent is conceived by Williams, created by perfumers Christian Astuguevieille and Antoine Lie and packaged in bottles bearing the cartoonish artwork of street artist Kaws. Williams and a cadre of models debut the Spring-Summer 2015 RAW for the Oceans collection in a dimly lighted, smoke-filled, under-construction Wall Street bank building during New York Fashion Week (Sept. 5). "Happy" is certified six times multiplatinum by the
A partnership with 165-year-old French bag and accessories maker Moynat launches at the Colette boutique in Paris (Oct. 13). The whimsical railroad-themed Moynat X Pharrell Williams collection includes scarves and leather pouches with train graphics and a range of clutches and bags shaped like railroad cars and rendered in wood, resin or leather. The collection, which speaks to an inner child's fascination with trains, has a decidedly grown-up price point, from around $300 for a scarf to well above $12,000 for a black plastic handbag shaped like a locomotive.
Although the first pieces from Williams' collaboration with German sports brand Adidas started hitting retail in September, the Pharrell Williams = Adidas collection really catches its stride thanks to a holiday iteration (Nov. 28) in a cheerful-looking polka dot theme: leather
Pharrell Williams exits 2014 the way he entered it — on a high note. In advance of showing the Paris-Salzburg 2014-15 Métiers d'art collection, French luxury brand