Was Pharrell’s Grammy Shorts-Suit Too Casual?

Pharrell Williams accepts the award for best pop solo performance for “Happy” at the 57th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
Helen Lasichanh, left, and Pharrell Williams arrive at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Helen Lasichanh, left, and Pharrell Williams arrive at the 57th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

 

(BBC) – In 2014 it was the hat that generated the heat. Where did he get it? Was it inspired by a Canadian Mountie or the logo from the fast-food chain Arby’s? Was he hiding something underneath its prodigious aperture?

On Sunday, however, the musician returned to what can only be called a style crusade for him – the shorts-suit. Business on top and casual down below, Pharrell first sported the unusual pairing at last February’s Academy Awards. Now the wardrobe is back, with a twist – a 3M designed fabric that made the grey cloth appear bright white when illuminated by a photographer’s flash.

Early reaction from the celebrity-fashion world ranged from quiet acceptance to disappointed tut-tutting.

“Pharrell has gone and taken the athleisure movement to new, red carpet-ready heights,” writes InStyle’s Andrea Cheng.

Pharrell’s suit turns white when illuminated by flash photography

Bustle’s Sara Tan was less circumspect.

“It looks a bit like Pharrell just threw on a suit jacket over his gym outfit, amirite?” she says. “Maybe it’s the Adidas stripes on the side or the fact that he’s just wearing shorts with a suit jacket, but something about those bottoms are just a bit underwhelming for the Grammys.”

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