Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Fashion That Never Dies

I didn't know Michael personally, but it feels like I grew up with him. Clearly I wasn't on his emergency contact list, but with all the success and media frenzy over the years -- hit singles, molestation allegations, plastic surgery, dangling babies, Neverland, Pepsi commercials...he's always been a part of the background. With the resurgence of MJ's accomplishments, I have been reminded of what a musical genius he was. Of course there is no denying he was a bit weird, but whatever, the man could sing and dance. And if that wasn't enough, he's also had quite an impact on fashion as well.

There’s the red leather motorcycle jacket he rocked in the “Beat It” video, the white ankle socks and black loafers he wore when he moonwalked, the military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses he toured in during the “Thriller” era, the white vneck tshirt that he always tore open and then there was that legendary glove he first wore during a performance of “Billie Jean” in '83.

Apparently Michael was collaborating with Christian Audigier to launch his own clothing line. The line was supposed to debut this fall and would have been sold exclusively through L.A. Boutique Kitson. There aren't any details on what it would have consisted of nor is there any information on the status of the line. If it comes to fruition, I'm thinking it's gonna sell!

Michael set trends in the 80's and now almost two decades later he is still doing it. Most noticeably, Balmain's military jacket (or "michealesque" jacket) came down runways for Spring '09. The jacket has been a hot item for the who's who in the celebrity world. For those of you that love the look but don't have $11,000 laying around for a jacket, Alice and Olivia will put out an affordable version of the jacket that will cost about $400 to $500. You just can't "beat it" -- I know, I know... I couldn't resist.

We'll miss ya Michael.

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