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MICHAEL JACKSON THE FASHION ICON!!!!!! (UPDATED EVEN MORE and more)
I was just surfing online at different high-street shops and I felt there were many things that were inspired by our King. I have always admired him for setting his own fashion, and I thought he has a highly sophisticated style. It goes without saying that I have been designing my clothes with inspiration from him as well. So I thought I will see what the fashion industry says about him and see if there is an impact of him on this years autumn-winter fashion, as I observed. The verdict is OHHHHHH YESSSS!!! I am putting various articles for you ladies to read. He never ceases to wow us, does he! I have never known such an influential person in my whole life. He sets the trend in music, in dance, in videos, he acts almost as a spiritual leader, and as if that is not enough, he is a fashion icon as well....................

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UPDATE
I want to add this article on this post as well to give the latest news as well I had posted this before but I dont think it reached to many people. Anyway, as it can be relevant I am adding it here.

ARTICLE: T.I.I Showcases MJs Fashion Comeback
In “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” moviegoers will not see the elaborate costumes created for the tour that never was, bedazzled with 4 million Swarovski crystals and lighted up using LED technology. Those are on display at the O2 Arena in London, where the engagement had been scheduled to begin in July, and will go on to New York and Tokyo.

But what they will see, in addition to tough and tender moments that humanize the pop singer, and one hell of a music and dance show, is an amazing array of designer outfits Michael Jackson wore to rehearsals.

A black leather, pagoda-sleeve jacket and a crystal-trimmed tuxedo are among pieces designed by the likes of Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme and Tom Ford that speak to Michael Jackson’s renewed relevance in fashion circles and the changing relationship between music and fashion.

Michael Jackson became a style icon in the 1980s because of his individual, often theatrical styling choices for the stage — the single sequined glove, the white socks, the fedora. But his recent comeback effort was engineered with the help of fashion designers, with Balmain’s Decarnin recognizing the retro appeal of tennis-ball-shaped shoulders and over-the-top embroidery, and Michael Jackson appearing in his designs.

We had been used to seeing Michael Jackson show up for courtroom appearances in scrubs, surgical masks, armbands and other kooky attire, some of it designed by his longtime L.A.-based costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, who have a Michael mannequin in their Los Feliz studio.

But his look changed with an introduction to fashion stylist Rushka Bergman, and it is her work that is mostly front and center in the film, as Michael Jackson’s everyday clothes end up as his de facto costumes.

A pint-sized powerhouse from Serbia who says things like “forever daaahling,” Bergman first met Michael Jackson when she styled him in Dior Homme for the October 2007 issue of Italian L’Uomo Vogue.

Some might say it was the beginning of his comeback when she put him in Hedi Slimane’s slim-line suits, fashionable at the time with Mick Jagger, Beck, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and nearly every other credible male rocker.

The morning of the film’s premiere, Bergman pulled out snapshots of Michael Jackson trying on clothes at his house, and called him her

“supermodel”

because he fit into anything, including women’s clothes. She emphasized his sex appeal

“He’s sooooooo sexxxy!”,

which comes into focus in the film for the first time in a long time, despite Michael Jackson’s surgerized face.

“When he wears Balmain on screen, you say, ‘Wow!’ “

she said.

In the film, Michael Jackson looks fabulous much of the time, save for a few unfortunate print shirts and patched sweat pants that could well be the influence of L.A. fashion impresario Christian Audigier, who had approached Michael Jackson about collaborating on a line.

But more often, you notice sharp tailoring and light-reflecting color. In a Tom Ford tuxedo worn during dancer auditions, skinny orange Dior Homme jeans, a red leather Balmain motorcycle jacket with crystal-studded shoulders worn during the “Thriller” rehearsal and a Balmain suede military jacket worn with Alessandro Dell’Acqua gold sequin pants, Michael Jackson looks powerful and contemporary.

“Seeing the clothing Rushka had selected, you could see Michael’s influence,”

said Travis Payne, assistant director and choreographer for the This Is It performances.

In recent years, pop stars have turned to fashion designers for costumes with increasing regularity, with Kylie Minogue choosing Jean Paul Gaultier for her recent North American tour, and Beyoncé enlisting Thierry Mugler.

Payne wanted to bring fashion relevance to Michael Jackson’s on-stage persona too, so he solicited sketches from several designers, including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

Ultimately, New York-based fashion and costume designer Zaldy was tapped. Having worked with the Scissor Sisters and Gwen Stefani, while producing his own clothing line, he bridged the worlds of music and fashion.

Jackson was to have 10 costumes by Zaldy and six by Bush and Tompkins. Bush also helped dress the dancers and singers, as did Jennifer Rade, a Hollywood stylist whose star client is Angelina Jolie. The tour costumes will be featured in a “This Is It” DVD.

“Zaldy is the new cool thing and working with him gave Michael credibility,”

Payne said.

“But Michael Bush is near and dear to his heart. So I wanted them to collaborate.”

Bush’s “Smooth Criminal” costume is a white, 1940s-inspired pinstripe suit. Zaldy’s updated “Thriller” jacket is hand-embroidered to look as though it has blood dripping from the shoulders.

“That was probably the hardest piece to do because it was so iconic,”

Zaldy said.

But his “Billie Jean” costume was the pièce de résistance, with a jacket, tuxedo pants, ankle socks and a single glove that would light up using remote control, thanks to new Lumalive LED textile technology rushed through development by Philips Research in the Netherlands.

Zaldy remembers,

“In the fitting, when Michael tried it on, his mouth literally dropped and he said, ‘It’s everything I always wanted.’ “

Source: mjfanclub.net

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The emperor's clothes

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jul/04/michael-jackson-fashi...

Like the ceremonial robes of a boy king, Michael Jackson's costumes were as iconic as his music, says Jess Cartner-Morley.

Worshippers of popular culture have never stopped believing in the divine right of kings. Michael Jackson was the King of Pop: fans reached through car windows, up from stadium floors and across hotel lobbies just to try to touch his clothes for most of his life. Now that he is dead, the ceremonial robes photographed here - from a collection that was due to go to auction earlier this year, but then withdrawn - seem fit for a shrine. But look at them close up, and what strikes you is their otherworldliness: they look both too heavy for those slight shoulders and too light, too insubstantial. Clothes for a Tinkerbell, not for a grown man.

In the rhinestones and diamanté, the gold lamé and silver sequins, the stars and eagles and faux-military epaulettes there is something reminiscent of the gold and turquoise face of the coffin of Tutankhamun, who became pharaoh at nine and died around a decade later. Or of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, and the pearls and thick golden robes of Pu Yi, on the throne at three. These are the robes of the boy king of the disco era. They are curiously childlike - we are not a million miles from the fancy dress Prince Charming costumes of the Disney Store - and androgynous, too. The exaggerated shoulders nod to the physique of an American football hunk, but the tight, cute trousers are pure cheerleader.

It is the accessories that are most iconic. The right-hand glove, which alone could identify him to millions. One glance at that black brimmed hat, and you can picture the dance move: head tilted, long legs bent at the knee, his body a contorted twist that he managed to make look elegant. And the shoes, which will never moonwalk again. You would know Michael Jackson from those shoes as surely as you would recognise him from the first four notes of Billie Jean.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/fashionnews/5649187/Michael-Jacksons-...

Michael Jackson's style
Why the king of pop's distinct and intriguing sartorial choices will live on with his legend

From the single white glove to the ultra-embellished military jackets, Michael Jackson was a one-man band for fashion extremes.

Although he may have favoured clean-cut separates as the youngest member of the Jackson 5, from the moment he launched his solo album in 1972, he set himself on a path for over-the-top rock-and-roll style.
Black, trilby-style hats and white socks, clearly visible above 'poor-boy' cropped trousers – and emphasised by the famous 'Moonwalk' – and oversized, leather jackets with exaggerated shoulders, were some of his trademarks, along with fanciful, embroidered jackets, groaning under the weight of gilded embellishment and worthy of a Viceroy of India, metal bandoleros and belts, and, even golden 'briefs', worn over his tight black trousers which drew further attention to his crotch.

Although we had become accustomed to the sight of Michael Jackson in a variety of masks and disguises during his 'retirement', in recent months, as he apparently attempted to ready himself for the gruelling world tour, he had appeared to be making a return to fashion's front line.

He was photographed in a series of jackets and waistcoats, heavily studded and decorated, and designed by two of the hottest young designers on Planet Fashion – Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga and Riccardo Tisci at Givenchy.
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Celebrating Michael Jackson - the music, humanitarian and fashion icon

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The loss of Michael Jackson shook the world on Thursday. Michael Jackson the entertainer not only impacted the music world in tremendous ways, he was also a global humanitarian, lending his support to 39 charity organizations either with monetary donations through project sponsorships. He received recognition in the 2000 edition of the Guiness Book Of World Records for breaking the world record for the “Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star”. Despite media allegations, Michael Jackson loved all children, and took time out while touring to secret visting sick children and even had special roms at his Neverland Ranch for sick and terminally ill children.

The influence of Michael Jackson in the music and entertainment world is beyond measurable. Drawing initial inspiration from his idol James Brown, Jackson adopted his own style that is truly unmatched. From his trademark sound and innovative dance moves to mini-feature length music videos like the iconic Thriller, most of today’s singers acknowledge being inspired by him.

His inspiration extended to the fashion world as well. Jackson’s style first made us take notice in the eighties, when the innovative pop star dazzled the stage with red, multizippered leather jackets and high-water pants, white socks and loafers, and then on to aviator sunglasses with militaristic, bandleader-style crystallized jackets, socks and that infamous sequined glove.

Recently, Michael Jackson-influenced fashion was making a comeback, as seen in Christophe Decarnin’s spangled bandleader jackets for Balmain, reminiscent of the jackets Jackson has worn in the past. His likeness was even seen in Jean-Charles de Castelbajac’s collection on his Fall/Winter 2009-2010 runway. Celebrities like Kanye West, Rihanna and Beyonce were all seen sporting the King of Pop’s style. Recently Jackson was spotted out wearing Riccardo Tisci’s (Givenchy) studded jackets, and Tisci was set to create looks for Jackson’s upcoming “This Is It” tour that was set to begin in London on July 13. Swarovski crystals were also a favorite of Jackson’s, with the crystal studs covering almost every inch of his ostentatious collection of jackets and performance outfits. Jackson was also working with Swarovski to design his stage wardrobe for his tour. The sets and Jackson’s costumes would have featured 300,000 crystals in 43 sizes and 27 colors. Nadja Swarovski, the company’s vp of communications told WWD on Wednesday: “As the King of Pop, it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal.”

Rest in peace Michael Jackson (1958-2009). You will certainly be missed but your influence in the realms of music, philanthropy and fashion will be everlasting.

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Michael Jackson Style Retrospective

There's no doubt about it, music legend Michael Jackson was the King of Pop in more ways than one. The outfits worn since the young age of 9 did exactly what his well-deserved moniker suggests-- "pop". Since the late '70s, Jackson put as much as emphasis into his carefully selected wardrobe as he did into his music and dance moves. Even until his last days on earth, Jackson never failed to deliver an endless parade of "shine" to remind you he was the biggest pop star on the planet--there was always a careful mix of sequins, glitter, Lurex, studs, metallic added for standout style. Before hip-hop's obsession with diamonds during the Bling Era in the 1990s Jackson blinged us out in a glitter-y Lurex catsuit in his music video for 'Rock With You' in 1979. Screw Mr.T, Michael Jackson is the original "King of Bling"
In the book I co-authored, Astrology Uncut: The Street Smart Guide to The Stars, we referenced Jackson in the chapter for his astrological sign of Virgo. Virgos are obsessed with fashion more than any other sun sign, and Jackson truly exemplified this through the myriad of over-the-top styles he has worn over the years. With the Virgo's quest for perfection, (which Jackson took into overdrive with cosmetic surgery as well) they have a penchant for adding an element of bling when it comes to their style. Let's not forget the glitter glove and socks worn for his iconic "Billie Jean" performance at the "Motown 25" show in 1983 and the amped-up, sequins military jackets he pioneered in 1984. The military look is eau current, one of the hottest trends today; revived recently by high-priced European designers such as Balmain who came out with a Jackson-inpired $8,000 jacket we recently reported have been worn by Beyonce, Rihanna and copied by Kanye West and Jennifer Hudson. Even fastfood fashion chain Target has a knockoff version on the racks on the cheap.

We honor Michael Jackson's legacy by featuring snapshots that captured some of his greatest moments in fashion:
http://www.bvonstyle.com/2009/06/26/michael-jackson-style-retrospective/

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New UPDATE
An article from the Times
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/entert...

Dressed to thrill
Michael Jackson will not only be remembered for the hits and the dance moves, he’ll be remembered as a fashion icon whose signature styles still inspire today’s most important designers

Michael Jackson’s style was as influential as his music. His showmanship extended to his wardrobe and he never broke character. He understood the visual language of clothes as well as any fashion designer, and he used his costumes to communicate on a grand scale.

His signatures did not come about by accident: the white socks and sparkly glove ensured that the vast audiences who flocked to see him could clearly follow his fancy footwork and sharp dance moves. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, he cleverly established a fashion vocabulary that was as instantly recognisable as any of his hits. The tipped fedora, military insignia, elaborate crystal-embellished jackets and impenetrable aviators were all shorthand for Jackson’s particular brand of global superstardom. He didn’t flit between trends or try on different personas as Madonna does, and because he stuck so emphatically to his signatures, his look became iconic.

No wonder his style resonates with young designers, many of whom grew up with his music. Today, it’s women who hanker after Jackson’s signature look more than men. Perhaps this is not surprising, given the elaborate showiness of his clothes. Jackson understood and exploited the power of glamour as much as his great friend Elizabeth Taylor does, and he certainly shared her love of jewellery.

The most obvious high-fashion tribute comes from the Balmain designer Christophe Decarnin, who re-created Jackson’s glittering military jackets and cropped trousers for his spring catwalk show. The entertainer must have been flattered. Earlier this year, he was spotted leaving hospital in one of the Balmain jackets that he’d inspired. Costing a whopping £11,000, it could also be seen as a tribute to Jackson’s famous extravagance as well as his style.

Other Jackson looks have found their way onto the catwalks. Stella McCartney has referenced the sequined jackets he wore during his Off the Wall period, and high-street versions of the look can be found in Miss Selfridge. The studded belts, boots and skinny jeans of his Bad era have also influenced a host of younger designers, including the hip New Yorker Alexander Wang. His penny loafers, worn most recently by Alexa Chung, and huge aviator sunglasses are key spring/summer accessories. Jackson’s signature fedora has also come back into fashion. Kate Moss hides from the paparazzi under hers. Well, if it worked for Michael ...

Military man

The military look — with lashings of gold embroidery and sequins — was one of Jacko’s most compelling and copied styles. Balmain paid tribute and Rihanna tried the look. Jackson himself wore this Balmain jacket on a hospital visit earlier this year.

Hat tricks

Jackson had the ability to take a simple fashion item and invest it with iconic status. His tilted fedora is a good example. It became more than simply a hat. It was an extension of the man and of his dancing. He used it to create drama. The look is now popular with Kate Moss, who uses hers to hide from photographers.

The Bad days

For the Bad album, Jackson toughened up his image with masses of belts, buckles, studs and straps, but it was always more glam than intimidating. Mary-Kate Olsen wears the Givenchy version of the Bad look.

1990s glitter

Jackson and sparkles go hand in hand. He loved to shine and was one of the first to wear clothes entirely encrusted with Swarovski crystals. His look inspired this Antonio Berardi catwalk style. Today, sequins work for day and evening wear.

Thriller

The flamboyant red leather jacket Jackson wore in the Thriller video is one of his most memorable looks. It wasn’t so much the colour or the style that were important, but the way he wore it, with the sleeves pushed up past his elbows. With that simple styling tick, he set a trend that lasted a decade.

Billie Jean tux

Jackson’s contemporary take on the tuxedo was groundbreaking. Made from black leather and worn with a pink shirt and red bow tie, it allowed men to approach evening looks in a less conventional way. The look has been replicated on the YSL catwalk

In “Michael Jackson’s This Is It,” moviegoers will not see the elaborate costumes created for the tour that never was, bedazzled with 4 million Swarovski crystals and lighted up using LED technology. Those are on display at the O2 Arena in London, where the engagement had been scheduled to begin in July, and will go on to New York and Tokyo.

But what they will see, in addition to tough and tender moments that humanize the pop singer, and one hell of a music and dance show, is an amazing array of designer outfits Michael Jackson wore to rehearsals.

A black leather, pagoda-sleeve jacket and a crystal-trimmed tuxedo are among pieces designed by the likes of Christophe Decarnin for Balmain, Kris Van Assche for Dior Homme and Tom Ford that speak to Michael Jackson’s renewed relevance in fashion circles and the changing relationship between music and fashion.

Michael Jackson became a style icon in the 1980s because of his individual, often theatrical styling choices for the stage — the single sequined glove, the white socks, the fedora. But his recent comeback effort was engineered with the help of fashion designers, with Balmain’s Decarnin recognizing the retro appeal of tennis-ball-shaped shoulders and over-the-top embroidery, and Michael Jackson appearing in his designs.

We had been used to seeing Michael Jackson show up for courtroom appearances in scrubs, surgical masks, armbands and other kooky attire, some of it designed by his longtime L.A.-based costume designers, Michael Bush and Dennis Tompkins, who have a Michael mannequin in their Los Feliz studio.

But his look changed with an introduction to fashion stylist Rushka Bergman, and it is her work that is mostly front and center in the film, as Michael Jackson’s everyday clothes end up as his de facto costumes.

A pint-sized powerhouse from Serbia who says things like “forever daaahling,” Bergman first met Michael Jackson when she styled him in Dior Homme for the October 2007 issue of Italian L’Uomo Vogue.

Some might say it was the beginning of his comeback when she put him in Hedi Slimane’s slim-line suits, fashionable at the time with Mick Jagger, Beck, Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand and nearly every other credible male rocker.

The morning of the film’s premiere, Bergman pulled out snapshots of Michael Jackson trying on clothes at his house, and called him her

“supermodel”

because he fit into anything, including women’s clothes. She emphasized his sex appeal

“He’s sooooooo sexxxy!”,

which comes into focus in the film for the first time in a long time, despite Michael Jackson’s surgerized face.

“When he wears Balmain on screen, you say, ‘Wow!’ “

she said.

In the film, Michael Jackson looks fabulous much of the time, save for a few unfortunate print shirts and patched sweat pants that could well be the influence of L.A. fashion impresario Christian Audigier, who had approached Michael Jackson about collaborating on a line.

But more often, you notice sharp tailoring and light-reflecting color. In a Tom Ford tuxedo worn during dancer auditions, skinny orange Dior Homme jeans, a red leather Balmain motorcycle jacket with crystal-studded shoulders worn during the “Thriller” rehearsal and a Balmain suede military jacket worn with Alessandro Dell’Acqua gold sequin pants, Michael Jackson looks powerful and contemporary.

“Seeing the clothing Rushka had selected, you could see Michael’s influence,”

said Travis Payne, assistant director and choreographer for the This Is It performances.

In recent years, pop stars have turned to fashion designers for costumes with increasing regularity, with Kylie Minogue choosing Jean Paul Gaultier for her recent North American tour, and Beyoncé enlisting Thierry Mugler.

Payne wanted to bring fashion relevance to Michael Jackson’s on-stage persona too, so he solicited sketches from several designers, including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

Ultimately, New York-based fashion and costume designer Zaldy was tapped. Having worked with the Scissor Sisters and Gwen Stefani, while producing his own clothing line, he bridged the worlds of music and fashion.

Jackson was to have 10 costumes by Zaldy and six by Bush and Tompkins. Bush also helped dress the dancers and singers, as did Jennifer Rade, a Hollywood stylist whose star client is Angelina Jolie. The tour costumes will be featured in a “This Is It” DVD.

“Zaldy is the new cool thing and working with him gave Michael credibility,”

Payne said.

“But Michael Bush is near and dear to his heart. So I wanted them to collaborate.”

Bush’s “Smooth Criminal” costume is a white, 1940s-inspired pinstripe suit. Zaldy’s updated “Thriller” jacket is hand-embroidered to look as though it has blood dripping from the shoulders.

“That was probably the hardest piece to do because it was so iconic,”

Zaldy said.

But his “Billie Jean” costume was the pièce de résistance, with a jacket, tuxedo pants, ankle socks and a single glove that would light up using remote control, thanks to new Lumalive LED textile technology rushed through development by Philips Research in the Netherlands.

Zaldy remembers,

“In the fitting, when Michael tried it on, his mouth literally dropped and he said, ‘It’s everything I always wanted.’ “

Source: mjfanclub.net

Comments (8)

sigh...these old threads...every time I see Barbies posts my heart skips a beat Sad

I wish I could dress as nice as he does.

Rushka didn't pick out the clothes for him....more like she told him what looks good and what doesn't

and Michael was sexy.... Rushka seems like a liar to me....when she says I never asked Michael for money.....more like Michael didn't pay you cause you never worked!

I don't believe Rushka selected any of the clothes for Michael...I'm sorry I don't......more like he selected them himselve....I find it strange that she could say she selected them for him let alone they look soooooo similar to what he wore before....maybe thats why MJ fired a lot of people because they didn't do their jobs....

Thank s for the post NeverlandRose. I just printed it up to keep and will check out the sites when I get home tonight....I LOVED the way Michael dressed, especially during his trial....the man was pure class.

MICHAEL, WAS THE MOST STYLISHED DRESSED ENTERTAINER IN THE WORLD. SO SET APART FROM EVERYONE ELSE. EXTREMELY -*DAPPER* I LOVE YOUR POST, CLASSY!!!!

Wow! This was exhaustive and a very interesting read. I have to disagree with one of the first articles though. I really liked the Ed Hardy hip hop outfit for Earth Song and I enjoyed the red and blue printed shirts. I am considering purchasing one for myself.