Michael Jackson was more than a genius musician and fabulous dancer, he was a trendsetter and style icon. He set himself apart from the artistes of his time, taking risks and making bold sartorial choices that often paid off and were eventually followed by the rest of the world. And his style was so androgynous, it has inspired both, men and women. Various pop stars today swear by his influence on their art and appearance, from Chris Brown and Usher in the US to AR Rahman, Prabhu Dheva and Remo D’Souza closer home. Gone too soon, on June 25, 2009, his legacy continues to live on in popular culture, music and fashion. On his fifth death anniversary, we rewind to his most memorable style statements.
Metallic mayhem MJ would explode on stage in iridescent and metallic outfits that were futuristic to the core. Fast forward to today, and you’ll see iridescent and metallic colours having a big draw in retail stores.
Military Jackets MJ made a veritable uniform out of an array of military jackets at the height of his career in the mid-90s. The trend is religiously followed even today. Reigning popstars Rihanna and Beyonce declare their love brazenly.
Suit up Jackson also pulled off minimalist and retro styles with elegance. Tuxedo suits, stark white socks, pegged pants and black shoes are signature Michael Jackson. From leather suits and cropped pants to fedora hats and skinny ties, hipster and metrosexual fashion today heavily borrows from Jackson’s trademarks.
Sequinned glove The single white glittering glove is one of his crazy ‘look at me’ statements that has gone on to become a stage item with artistes like Usher, Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Bold stripes He burst onto the music 70s scene in fringed shirts, bell bottoms and platform shoes. He pulled off zebra stripes and psychedelic prints on stage. Come 2014, you can’t walk down the street without spotting one of the latter two.
Aviators and wayfarers He almost always stepped out — in real life and in his cinematic videos — with a pair of aviators or wayfarer shades perched on his nose. Fashion historians give him credit for making these two styles of sunglasses popular with teenagers. Considering his massive teen following, we aren’t surprised.
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