It’s not easy to upstage two guys in robot helmets, but Pharrell Williams and his big brown hat did just that at last night’s Grammys.
The music producer’s oversized topper was the most talked-about fashion moment of the night, inspiring a parody Twitter handle — @Pharrellhat, which currently has over 14,000 followers — an Instagram account, and the biggest red carpet Internet meme since Angelina Jolie’s right leg.
Where did Williams get his hat? And was he surprised that it became an instant pop culture phenomenon? Read on to find out.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Williams was “amazed” to learn that his hat had spawned a social media frenzy.
“It’s a Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat from when she was with Malcolm McLaren,” he explained. “It’s not vintage — I would’ve been really stylin’ if I had one from the ’80s.”
The Cut theorizes that the hat was a cultural reference to a B-Boy in Malcolm McLaren and the World’s Famous Supreme Team’s music video for the 1982 single “Buffalo Girls.”
What was under Pharrell’s hat? Head down to the comments to take your best guess.