Pharrell as the Rad Hatter

New Yorker Shauna Figuera did a double take as she watched Pharrell Williams on the Grammys telecast. Like millions tuning in, she was riveted by his headgear, which was the night's biggest fashion statement and trended thanks to cracks by such Twitter luminaries as Patton Oswalt and Ronan Farrow as well as the unexpected: Arby's and Gain detergent among them. The "Mountain Hat," designed by Vivienne Westwood for her Worlds End line in 1982, had personal resonance for Figuera. She sported it as a street-savvy 16-year-old who turned up at a graffiti-tagged handball court on 98th Street in New York to dance in Malcolm McLaren's "Buffalo Gals" video. "I'm an original buffalo gal," says the 48-year-old Figuera, who's suddenly cool in the eyes of her two teenage sons. "I couldn't believe Pharrell was wearing our hat!" Westwood based the design on one worn by Peruvian mountain women. "The hat symbolized anti-bling-bling," says Ruza Blue, aka Kool Lady Blue, who worked for McLaren and Westwood. The hat is still in production, but it is sold out online and quickly disappearing from Westwood's Worlds End Shop in London. Blame Pharrell, who was in the store recently stocking up on more. 


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