(personal sidenote: all this referring to Michael in past tense is Really bugging me, soooooooo weird, still doesn’t feel real).
From sequined fedoras to one very special glove, the King of Pop–who died from a sudden cardiac arrest yesterday–was more than a music legend. He was a bona fide style superstar.
1972: As a member of the Jackson 5, Michael was a rising star by the tender age of six. His sartorial wild streak was already showing by age 14, with bold mixed patterns and hair that screamed “look at me.”
1983: Jackson’s “Thriller” video captured 80s excess in all its glory: Expensive effects, seductive dance moves, and a red peak-shouldered motorcycle jacket that spawned a national fashion fever for zipper-laden leather bombers.
1984: One look at Balmain’s intensely popular Spring 2009 collection, and it’s obvious Jackson’s signature look still has serious impact. The glittered Sergeant Pepper-style military coat he wore to the American Music Awards—with date Brooke Shields on his arm—is as relevant now as it was 25 years ago.
1984: No accessory in pop culture history has enjoyed as much well-earned fame as Jackson’s one glove, which made frequent on-stage appearances throughout his career. It was intended to hit auction blocks earlier this year (legal snafus put an end to the sale), and at the time was expected to fetch up to $200,000.
1987: There’s subtlety and then there’s…Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe from the 80s. His fiercely fetishized look—leather, buckles, an in-your-face attention to his…er, maleness—are also evident in the present-day collections of everyone from Rodarte to Alexander Wang.
1992: Jackson’s flair for the unexpected continued into the 90s, when the King of Pop highlighted his patented crotch-grab with a gold lame thong worn over a pair of tight black pants with—what else?—a broad silhouette hologram jacket and some Rambo-style bling.
1995: Before Jackson came along, the rules for showing off your white socks were hard and fast: Don’t do it. But once the world saw him perform a magical feat known as the moonwalk, his fedora tilted just so, we decided there must have been some kind of magic in that footwear.
2009: Right up to his last days, Jackson was a loyal (and unpredictable) fashion force, picking pieces straight from the women’s runways of fashion insider favorites Givenchy and Balmain. It’s difficult to say who was paying tribute to whom, but the whether Jackson was cause or effect is irrelevant—his inimitable stamp is everywhere in the fashion sphere.
This is your official public service announcement of the latest trends. If you’re a regular here at The Urban Gentleman, then you may already know most of these.
As of Monday June 8, 2009:
2. When I go to lunch or tea with a well-dressed gentleman its hard to not notice his pants are cuffed or that his shirt sleeves are rolled up. Interchangeably during the warmer months try either rolling the sleeves on your plaid shirt or cuffing the pants on your dark denim jeans.
3. Canvas shoes keep the feet cool… I think. Whether in boot, boat, or skipper format canvas shoes are an easy must.
4. The sun must be blocked and “modified wayfarers” are what should be worn to block it… there are so many styles- rectangular, oval, classic, flat, retro… wear what looks best on you.
more trends to come…
This trend can be seen on women and men throughout Europe- London, Paris, etc etc, but most Americans haven’t quite caught on yet. I think its because we so vividly see MC Hammer and think “Too Legit to Quit” in our heads… but Dior Homme, Phillip Lim, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, and many other designers have chosen to re-introduce these baggy saggy crotch heavy pants… Me personally? I think I’ll stay away from these suckers for awhile, but who knows maybe I’ll come around by June.
“You Can’t Touch This Video”:
So Anyway, What Do You All Think of Harem Pants?
photos from: GlamCanyon, Wunderbloc, Style
2. skinny jeans
3. skinny ties
I think it’s safe to continue to purchase those items for the most part, but I would minimize the purchase of “arab scarves” if you live in a stylishly advanced city. And as far as skinny jeans go well I know some of you would love for me to predict that they’re out, but that just simply isn’t true. There are way too many celebrities that sort of just caught on to the whole skinny jeans thing and they’re just now feeling comfortable with even wearing them, so you should see more of those in 2009. I personally don’t think all guys should rock skinny jeans, you should wear what makes you comfortable and what fits well (without a belt)… but skinny jeans do look great on some guys.
There were a few “trends” in 2008 that I feel are no longer trends: The “nerd” and “50′s worker” look have really transcended “trend status”- there are pieces in both looks that are actually very very classic and should be in the wardrobe of any well-dressed gentleman… so you should continue with this “look” if you already rock it.
- boat shoes
those are a few of the items that aren’t “trends”, they are classic staples. Meaning you can always wear them from now til your 75, no matter how much the trends change.
Varsity jackets go in and out all the time, but they’re technically always sort of “in” to extents because all high school athletes have one- atleast you should… I’m gonna dig out my old varsity jacket at some point this month. But guys like Chris Brown and Kanye West rocked these hard at the end of 2008 and I’ve seen a few others already rocking them in 09, so if you have one I think it would be cool to wear it until it gets warm. And once it gets warm start searching for Varsity cardigans, alot of designers will have them for Spring: Ralph Lauren, Benjamin Bixby, and Lacoste just to name a few.