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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 March 2019

Pharrell Williams on style, imagination and dreaming big

We have a quick chat with the ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Happy’ singer-songwriter

Pharrell Williams. Getty
Pharrell Williams. Getty

The singer-songwriter found fame as one half of record production duo The Neptunes and lead singer of NERD, before launching a solo career that yielded hits such as ‘Blurred Lines’ and ‘Happy’. But the father of four is just as well known for his outlandish fashion choices.

How would you describe your personal style?

My style is based purely on how I feel in the morning, where I have to go that day and what the climate is going to be like.

What’s the best thing in your wardrobe?

Imagination.

What’s your biggest fashion no-no?

If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.

What is your favourite city in the world?

Tokyo.

Where is your favourite place to shop?

I am open, as things can always change.

If you could wake up anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you be?

With my children.

What does your perfect dinner date look like?

My wife and I, we are creatures of habit, so it would definitely be food we already like.

Are you an instinctive person?

I am open.

You have designed a capsule collection with Chanel. Tell us about it.

I have been working with the brand for, I don’t know, four or five years now. And each time, they gave me the room to just express myself in some way, whether it was through a campaign or some sort of collaboration. Then they figured we would do it in a more material way, this time. And so I was able to go in and make suggestions about things that I think are essential for now, for men to be able to get in there too. To make things that have a unisex usage. I was able to really bring my ideas and my version of colour to it as well. I can’t give away too much more than that but it’s been really good.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Dream big.

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

Dream bigger.

Updated: March 14, 2019 03:18 PM

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