My present thinking wouldn’t regard Michael Jackson as much of a fashion-forward chap. These days, I’m more concerned with the King of Pop melting under the sweltering sun of Dubai as his Botox infused visage struggles to hold itself together. However, judging by Jackson’s recent head-to-toe Givenchy womenswear getup, it seems like the King of Pop is back to his good ol’ “Beat It” best!
Based on recent sightings, it’s no secret that Jackson is trying to relive his trendsetter days. After being seen cavorting about in a svelte Balmain t-shirt from the label’s AW09 womenswear collection, recent snapshots show Jackson in a piece for piece rendition of an AW07 stardust-inspired Givenchy look that Gemma Ward wore. Interestingly, closer observation of Jackson’s lapel in comparison to Ward’s shows adjustments were made to tone down the femininity of the initial jacket. Amendments aside, it’s safe to say that Jackson’s affinity for Givenchy could best be described as straight, no chaser!
Evidently, the King of Pop has a fetish for French brands, but it seems that he has a knack for androgynous styling. Since the frenzied rise of Balmainia, many have touted Michael Jackson as the muse behind the label’s rock-chic aesthetic. As for Givenchy, I’m not sure if Tisci is at all inspired by Jackson’s iconic style, but the slouchy jacket and shiny embellishments that peppered that AW07 line are genderless items that only the King of Pop (and Prince, maybe) is privy to pulling off. From Balmain to Givenchy, it’s only a matter of time before Michael taps into another gender bending designer such as Ann Demeulemeester.
Back when he used to rock white socks with his spit-shined black shoes or that disgustingly cool red militaristic jacket seen in “Beat It,” Michael had a singular style that I looked towards. Sadly, his public image took repeated hits from child abuse claims, erratic displays of behavior and his ever-changing facial appearances. Of late, however, it appears the Michael of the old old has returned with a renewed sense of self-worth. Alluding to the words of Coco Chanel, Michael’s style never left; it just took a momentary hiatus.