Music producer and fashion designer Pharrell Williams is working on a few upcoming projects from music to fashion. While driving to his studio in Miami, Williams chatted with GQ magazine. He talked about his upcoming boot line, BBC clothing line for females, starting fashion trends, being in producer mode, collaboration album with Lupe Fiasco and Jay-Z & Blue Ivy Carter’s track “Glory.” Below are some excerpts:
You’re working on a new line of boots, right?
Yeah. We’re working on some boots for BBC [Billionaire Boys Club]. But I can’t really talk about it.
Well, speaking of BBC, you’re releasing a women’s line soon, BGC, right?
Yup! And it’s crazy!
Will there be much of a difference between the men’s and women’s line aside from sizing and maybe color schemes?
Again, I can’t give it away. Somebody else will do it. [Laughs] But it’s definitely us. It’s signature us. It’s awesome.
You’ve started a lot of fashion trends over the years. Are you aware of the latest that folks are adopting slowly but surely? Style guys are feeling your plaid-shirt-around-the-waist-for-no-reason look.
[Laughs] Uh, I guess I’m just having a ’90s grunge moment. And, like, is that the case? Is that what you’re seeing?
Are you working on any new music with N.E.R.D.?
Not so much the N.E.R.D., because I’m in producer mode. But I’m definitely in the studio producing shit, though.
Lupe Fiasco recently announced that you’re working on an album together? You two and Kanye West were working on a project once upon a time, too, your crazy schedules interfered. Think this one will pan out?
I can’t talk about that. Lupe is my man and whatever we’re talking about we can’t really discuss and get into right now. We’re talking about some very interesting things.
Well, let’s talk about something that’s done and out now: Jay-Z’s “Glory.” You produced it. What did it mean to you to assist in making a song for Jay’s first born? It’s like rap’s “Isn’t She Lovely.”
Uh, that was awesome. But again, that was another covert operation.
Did you guys record that in the hours after his daughter was born or was it recorded in advance? Obviously, her first cries were added after she was born.
That was, uh… That was, um… Everything was by design. That’s all I’ll say.
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