Pharrell’s Hat Reunites with Daft Punk’s Helmets in “Gust of Wind” Video

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.07.14 in News

John F. Kennedy didn’t single-handedly put an end to men’s hats by declining to wear one at his presidential inauguration, as is commonly assumed. But a couple of present-day pop acts seem intent on bringing millinery back. Pharrell Williams‘ over-the-top (ahem) headwear at this year’s Grammys, where he performed alongside the ever-helmeted Daft Punk, brought the world some much-needed distraction. With a different but still park ranger-worthy get-up on his pate, Pharrell meets Daft Punk’s helmets again in his latest video from his recent solo album, G I R L.

Directed by Edgar Wright, who helmed the films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the “Gust of Wind” clip depicts the Random Access Memories duo as something like futuristic Easter Islands heads — massive, stone-like helmets that ultimately return to the stars. The video takes place in the woods, where the leaves are conspicuously changing, and Pharrell is backed by gravity-defying dancers. If it really was a sweater-worthy fall day when they shot this, it would’ve been thoughtful to bring enough hats for everybody, right? Well, maybe something in the trees got them.