The iconic hat which Pharrell Williams wore during the 2014 Grammy Awards has been purchased by bosses at American fast food chain Arby's, which boasts a logo bearing a striking resemblance to the singer's bizarre headwear. The Happy hitmaker donned the Vivienne Westwood-designed piece at the music prizegiving in January (14), and many viewers decided the hat looked very similar to the restaurant's cowboy hat emblem.
Shortly after Williams made his debut on the Grammys red carpet, a post from the Arby's Twitter.com account read, "Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?", to which Williams responded, "Y'all tryna (sic) start roast beef?", referring to the company's signature roast beef sandwiches.
Last month (Feb14), Williams decided to retire the hat and put it up for sale on online auction site eBay.com to benefit his From One Hand to Another charity.
The auction ended on Sunday (02Mar14) - the same day Williams performed at the Oscars - and Arby's bosses purchased the hat for $44,100 (£26,337).
Prior to finding out it was Arby's executives who had purchased the headpiece, Williams thanked the winner of the auction on the microblogging site, prompting a reply from restaurant representatives: "You're welcome. We're HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back."
British clothing designers Stella Mccartney and Dame Vivienne Westwood have won top fashion awards from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Bosses of the organisation have named the winners of their animal-friendly clothing and accessories awards, and both McCartney and Westwood scooped top honours.
Sir Paul McCartney's daughter was named the designer of the Most Stylish Women's Knitwear for her Jacquard Jumper and Westwood won Most Stylish Men's Outerwear for a printed jacket.
Other winners of the PETA-Approved Vegan Fashion Awards include British stores Miss Selfridge for Most Stylish Women's Outerwear and Marks & Spencer for Most Stylish Men's Knitwear.
A hat famously worn by Pharrell Williams at the 2014 Grammys has been put up for sale. The Happy hitmaker won four trophies at the music prizegiving last month (Jan14), but it was his oversized accessory that had TV viewers talking, and now he's giving up the bizarre headwear for charity.
In partnership with auction website eBay.com, Williams is offering up the Vivienne Westwood-designed hat to benefit his From One Hand to Another non-profit organisation.
Williams says, "I'm giving up the Buffalo Hat I wore to the GRAMMYs to help undeserved kids get the educational tools they need. Our organization, From One Hand to Another, is committed to bringing kids experiences that ignite their passions, challenge their minds and prepare them for success."
The hat went on sale on Thursday (20Feb14), and within hours, bids for the item had reached $10,500 (£6,301).
The auction runs until 2 March (14).
"When someone told me it had its own Twitter two hours after Pharrell hit the stage, I was like, 'Damn, my hat doesn't have a website'." Disco icon Nile Rodgers is suffering from hat envy following the remarkable reaction Pharrell Williams' Vivienne Westwood hat provoked after he wore it onstage at the Grammy Awards in January (14).
"It's a buffalo hat and it's an ode to Malcolm McLaren. He had a song called Buffalo Stance, and when I was a kid it was a big thing, so I was with a friend of mine... and she gave me the history when we went to the Vivienne Westwood store and I was like, 'OK, I need that'. So I got it and this was about four or five years ago... and at the very last minute... I was thinking about what I was going to wear." Pharrell Williams explains the story behind the odd hat he wore to the Grammys on Sunday (26Jan14).
Legendary fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is calling on European citizens to back a proposed new law which would make environmental destruction a crime. The style guru, a longtime environmentalist, is lending her voice to the End Ecocide in Europe initiative, which aims to make big business bosses liable for putting profits before nature.
Under European Union (E.U.) law, one million citizens must vote for a certain proposal before it is considered by leaders, and Westwood wants to gather as many signatures as possible before the 21 January (14) deadline.
She says, "Our financial rulers and the politicians who help them are playing a giant game of Monopoly with the world's finite resources - completely abstract from reality - even though they accept the facts of Climate Change. And yet, you can't play Monopoly when everybody's dead. They imagine they'll be the last people. They don't care so long as they win."
Westwood will hold a press conference aboard the ship HMS President on London's River Thames on Wednesday (15Jan14) to raise awareness of the campaign, and will present a film about the issue alongside End Ecocide in Europe director Prisca Merz.
Westwood took to the streets last August (13) as part of a protest against a proposed fracking drilling site in West Sussex, England.
Blur frontman Damon Albarn and actor Jude Law took to the streets of London on Saturday (05Oct13) to protest against the detention of 30 Greenpeace activists. Actors Imelda Staunton and Jim Carter, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and The Clash rocker Paul Simonon also joined the hundreds of people demonstrating in support of those arrested last month (18Sep13) for rallying against an Arctic oil-drilling rig owned by Russian company Gazprom.
The campaigners have been charged with piracy and are being held in Russian custody facing up to 15 years behind bars.
The star-studded crowd held signs declaring "Free the Climate Defenders" and "Free The Arctic 30" as they gathered outside Russia's London embassy.
Law, who personally knows detainee Frank Hewetson, told reporters he was "exercising my right to peacefully protest".
He explained, "I am just adding my face and body to the mass of support. The fact that there is a threat of conviction did not put them off. What is ludicrous is that they have been charged with piracy which has a threat of 15 years in prison.
"Of course I am worried about Frank because I care about his family and I care about him but I know that he is incredibly durable. I think that it is very interesting that the people over there probably knew there would be an arrest involved and the threat of a conviction is probably part and parcel of the act of drawing attention to the drilling in the Arctic, which we all know is an international problem which needs confronting."
Similar events were held in more than 40 other countries.
Rock offspring Pixie Geldof is launching her own fashion label. The 22-year-old model, whose father is Boomtown Rats rocker Bob Geldof, has joined forces with designer Ashley Williams to create her line, dubbed Funky Offish.
Explaining the label's unusual name, Pixie says, "Funky Offish is short for funky official - it is our take on smart casual - half funky and half official. We are so excited to announce it will be coming very soon. At the moment we are only planning to do womenswear, but who knows what the future holds. The main thing with Funky Offish is that it is not just a label, it is a way of life and I can't keep it in anymore."
Pixie is no stranger to the fashion industry - she has appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and walked the runway for designers including Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott.
Rihanna showed off her naughty sense of humour as she flashed her raunchy new penis-decorated handbag in London on Wednesday (11Sep13). The Rude Boy hitmaker was clearly in a playful mood as she stepped out with her Vivienne Westwood clutch, which was emblazoned with a giant gold phallus, and greeted the crowd gathered outside her hotel.
Rihanna gave fans a show as she stuck out her tongue and held the accessory next to her crotch before chasing after her security guards with it.
The singer later posted photos of her antics on her Twitter.com page and tweeted, "My security getting d**ked down in public by my c**k clutch... By the look on his face... it tickled!!"
Fashion mogul Dame Vivienne Westwood took to the streets with protesters in the U.K. on Friday (16Aug13) to demonstrate against fracking. The designer marched past a proposed drilling site in West Sussex, England along with around 1,000 other activists as part of ongoing protests against the controversial gas-extraction method.
Westwood waved a placard as she marched, and later explained her involvement in the protest to the Press Association, saying, "I'm anti-fracking and I'm here to protest. There has been no debate. They are trying to rush this thing through, for what? It's not going to go away. We don't know whether it will do good or bad. I'm sure it's bad and the only people who are going to benefit from it is this energy company who are associated with the Government... It won't supply energy security whatsoever. It will actually store up trouble for the future, financially as well as environmentally."
Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies' activist daughter, Natalie Hynde, was arrested during a protest at the same site last month (Jul13).
Fracking has also caused outrage in the U.S. - Yoko Ono set up a campaign against the practice last year (12) and won support from stars including Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Julianne Moore and Lady Gaga.