The awards, in collaboration with Swarovski, will be held at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.
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The Fashion Icon Award is bestowed on an individual whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture internationally. Williams joins the ranks of past honorees such as Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Lady Gaga, Iman, Kate Moss and Nicole Kidman.
Williams’ career runs the gamut from singer, songwriter and record producer to fashion designer. He cofounded the clothing brands Billionaire Boys Club and Ice Cream Footwear and has a longtime partnership with Adidas.
“If cool was a person, it would be Pharrell, not just for his looks and sense of style but for his kindness and openness. I cannot imagine anyone not seduced by him,” said Diane von Furstenberg, president of the CFDA.
In 2013, Williams reached the top of the music charts with “Happy” from the “Despicable Me 2” soundtrack. Williams has partnered with the United Nations Foundation to promote the organization’s International Day of Happiness on March 20.
Last week a Los Angeles federal jury ruled that musicians Robin Thicke and Williams were guilty of copyright infringement by using elements of Marvin Gaye’s song “Got to Give It Up” in their pop hit “Blurred Lines.” A jury awarded about $7.3 million to Gaye’s family.