Pharrell Williams named CFDA’s 2015 Fashion Icon Award winner

Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams performs at the 2015 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The Council of Fashion Designers of America has announced that Williams will be honored with its 2015 Fashion Icon Award.
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The hits -- and recognitions -- just keep coming for multi-hyphenate Pharrell Williams, who will be honored with the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Fashion Icon Award at the 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards scheduled for June 1 in New York City.

“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style, but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” said CFDA President Diane von Furstenberg in Wednesday’s announcement of the award.

According to the CFDA, the Fashion Icon Award annually goes to “an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage.” Past recipients of the award include Rihanna (who gave us one of 2014’s most memorable fashion moments when she took to the stage to receive her award in a body-baring Adam Selman gown), Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.

While perhaps on equal footing with those previous honorees in the fashion icon department, the singer-songwriter-producer arguably has a deeper connection to the world of fashion and style (and no, we’re not just talking about that hat). His collaborative partners include Uniqlo, Adidas,  Comme des Garcons, G-Star Raw, Moynat and Chanel -- and that was just in 2014.


The CFDA’s Fashion Icon Award won’t even be the only style-centric honor bestowed on Williams this year. In December, the Headwear Assn. announced it would be inducting Williams -- its 2014 “hat person of the year” -- into the Headwear Hall of Fame along with Tim McGraw, Alicia Keyes, Cara Delevingne and Sean Connery at an April 16 gala dinner in New York City.

The 2015 CFDA Fashion Awards are scheduled to take place at Alice Tully Hall. Nominees in six categories and a handful of honorees (including Betsey Johnson, who will receive a lifetime achievement award) were announced Monday night in New York City. A complete list can be found here.

Personally, we’re hoping that Williams takes a page from the playbook of last year’s honoree, Rihanna, whose Swarovski-crystal-covered gown paid homage (either on purpose or sheerly by accident) to the CFDA Fashion Awards’ sponsor, by taking to the stage to accept his Fashion Icon Award in a crystal-studded cowboy hat.

It could happen...


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