Pharrell Williams has long been a trendsetter — but so far, 2014 has been particularly fruitful for the musician. For one, radio over the past six months has practically been defined by the breezy, disco-y “Pharrell sound,” while his recent single “Happy” has taken over commercials, Hollister’s, and the iPod playlist of parents and preteens alike. For two: The head of clothing company Billionaire Boys Club (BBC) has become a global style icon thanks, mostly, to the emergence of a little accessory known on Twitter as @PharrellsHat — a piece of vintage Vivienne Westwood haberdashery that Arby’s would like to take credit for (and now, $44,100 later, owns). Since its grand entrance at the Grammys in January, #Pharrellhat has become the stuff of folklore; capitalizing on its myth, this month, BBC’s summer line debuted sweatshirts and T-shirts depicting a Lego-ized, cartoon Pharrell in various outfits and hues of the hat. In May, Pharrell hand-designed ten pairs of adidas Originals for sale at Colette — just another notch on his 2014 fashion résumé to add to his sunglasses collabo with Montcler and an upcoming perfume with Comme des Garçons.
Big year aside, the musician’s eclectic style has long been influencing micro-movements in streetwear and beyond, whether through the emergence of pastel ice cream cones on his eponymous Ice Cream sneakers to the brief-but-memorable proliferation of the loud, all-over print hoodie. Though he’s had some moments best described as primary-color fratty through the years, Skateboard P’s sartorial taste can never be described as unmemorable. Click through our slideshow for a look at his style choices over the last decade and a half.