According to the CFDA, the Fashion Icon Award annually goes to “an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage”. Past recipients of the award include Rihanna (who gave us one of 2014’s most memorable fashion moments when she took to the stage to receive her award in a body-baring Adam Selman gown), Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.
Pharrell Williams, the king of fashion collaborations has certainly earned this one. He’s done so many different capsules and design projects, we’ve nearly lost track of them all. There’s his Uniqlo range, his collection with Moynat, the Adidas pieces, the G-Star Raw for the Oceans jeans, the Moncler lunettes…shall we keep going? And that’s not to mention his work on fashion films (starring alongside Cara Delevingne for Chanel) or the many art-meets-high-style parties he’s performed at in recent years.
The big question here is: What will Williams wear for the big night? Following in the footsteps of Rihanna—who won the award in 2014—won’t be easy. She nearly broke the Internet when she hit the red carpet in her see-through Adam Selman number, so the stakes are rather high. We can likely count on Williams, who earned a spot on the Vanity Fair Best-Dressed list, to bring his own flair to the night (think: that infamous Grammy topper). Hats off to you, Pharrell!