Pharrell, who was given the much-less-dubious honor of being named InStyle’s “Man Of Style.” has two clothing lines in the bag and a jewelry line forthcoming, the mag asked him to spill his style secrets for the latest issue. Pharrell described his clothing lines, Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream, as “basically everything I ever wanted as a kid but couldn’t afford and if I could have afforded it, no one was making it.” He started out wearing Vans and Vision Streetwear, but an admiration of Rakim led him to Dapper Dan threads and gold chains. Though Pharrell had his own gold-chains phase, he insists he’s “more subtle” now, and counts George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert Redford among those he admires.
“I don’t like ice, and I don’t like bling,” Pharrell told the mag. “I just like jewelry beautiful stones and incredible settings. I’m not a loud or look-at-me individual. And even when it seemed like I was, it was more a sense of artistic expression.” So for his own jewelry line, designed for Louis Vuitton’s spring collection, Pharrell drew upon ethnic, art-deco and aristocratic influences “It’s pretty sick,” he said. Next up for Pharrell is a furniture line, set to debut in Switzerland in June. “I have no social life anymore,” he said, “but it’s worth it. There’s no creativity in partying not for me.”