However, it appears this time he may have pushed it too far.
On the most recent (special edition) July cover of Elle UK magazine, the “Happy” singer dons a traditional Indian headdress that appears to be quite fitting.
The headdress accentuates his immaculate bone structure and highlights all of his God-given sexiness—wooo! Excuse me as I digress.
Famous for his headgear, Pharrell has been rocking a variety of hats including his infamous “Smokey the Bear” high top fedora [designed by Vivienne Westwood ] but his most recent choice has landed him in a bit of hot water.
As many know fashion tends to draw inspiration from different cultural styles from around the world and often industry professionals straddle the thin lines between love it or hate it.
Many are concerned because the Indian headdress is an exclusive and ceremonial gift bestowed upon chiefs and warriors of a tribe.
To see Pharrell donned in such a culturally significant article, seems almost like a mockery of the scared Indian tradition.
The cover has many people wondering, where the cultural sensitivity is in this matter.
Not to worry, Pharrell made a statement apologizing for his fashion Fopaux:
“I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry.”
Now this leads to the bigger picture of how the fashion industry (and beyond) uses culture as a costume.
Street Intellectuals, what are your thoughts?
Have cultural traditions loss their significance, as they’ve become the mainstream fashion statements?