|Malcolm McLaren and the World's Famous Supreme Team|
You may remember the Arby's insignia atop his head from Malcolm McLaren and the World's Famous Supreme Team's music video for their 1982 early hip-hop classic "Buffalo Girls." The popular song has a long history in American culture, originating in 1844 as "Buffalo Gals," a traditional song performed by Blackface minstrel singer John "Cool White" Hodges. McLaren's adaptation was later sampled for Swedish singer and rapper Neneh Cherry's 1988 chart-topping ode to her fashion clique, "Buffalo Stance."
As Pharrell told The Hollywood Reporter after the show: "It's a Vivienne Westwood Buffalo hat from when she was with Malcolm McLaren ... It's not vintage — I would've been really stylin' if I had one from the '80s."
It turns out the hat was originally made for Westwood's autumn/winter 1982/ 1983 collection, the "Nostalgia of Mud," and the "Buffalo" collection, and was made especially for her first store, World's End. The hat itself has several names — including the Buffalo Hat, the Mountain Hat, and, most brilliantly, the Jelly Mould Hat. According to a rep for Westwood, Pharrell purchased the hat himself a few years ago from World's End, where it is still sold, for £95.
Westwood's 1982 "Nostalgia of Mud" collection