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Pharrell Williams is the CFDA 2015 Fashion Icon

Despite that hat, Pharrell has etched his name into fashion history

He may have just been sued by Marvin Gaye's offspring for a fair few dollars, but Pharrell's had some good news to soften the blow – he's been announced as the winner of the 2015 CFDA Fashion Icon awards. Pharrell's in good company - previous winners include Rihanna, Johnny Depp and Lady Gaga.

CFDA president Diane von Furstenberg said: "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."

There's no doubt he meets the criteria - CFDA says it looks for a person "whose style has made a significant impact on popular culture on an international stage." He'll be presented with his award on June 1 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York.

Today, Pharrell spoke out against the verdict that ruled against him and Robin Thicke for making "Blurred Lines", a song Marvin Gaye's family said ripped off "Got To Give It Up". Speaking with the Financial Times, Pharrell said: "The verdict handicaps any creator out there who is making something that might be inspired by something else. This applies to fashion, music, design… anything. If we lose our freedom to be inspired, we're going to look up one day and the entertainment industry as we know it will be frozen in litigation. This is about protecting the intellectual rights of people who have ideas."

For what it's worth, we think the 2015 CFDA Fashion Icon is right.