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Monday Fashion Feature: Michael Jackson: The Fashion Icon

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Beyond his incredible force as an entertainer and philanthropist, Michael Jackson is one of the most crucial fashion icons of our time. Countless celebrities and fashion designers have replicated Jackson’s distinct looks. Many people in general, fans or not, probably don’t even realize that they own pieces that were inspired by the legendary star.As his ex-wife Lisa Marie Pressley wrote on her myspace.com blog, "mediocrity was not a concept that would even for a second enter Michael Jackson’s being or actions".Michael Jackson/VogueClad in glitter and often outrageous silhouettes, her statement proved more than accurate when it came to Michael’s wardrobe. He never failed to appear larger than life in performances, music videos, and red carpets.Chris Brown, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake and Usher are just a few notable celebrity fans of his personal style today, with hair cuts, clothing, dance moves and more inspired by the star.From the days of Jackson Five until the 80s and 90s, Michael’s original swagger was on a level that we may never see again in our time.When he first broke out on the scene with his brothers, he rocked a huge afro and bell bottom pants – the epitome a 70s child. Later on in the 80s, he introduced multiple trends that have been constantly regurgitated and updated until present day. Take the red leather jacket he wore in the "Thriller" video, which has been re-created by designer Margiela at approximately $600 retail. Pharrell in Margiela’s jacketIn the 90s, his style was evidently inspired by the military, although he gave it his own shimmery twist of course. The marching band jackets he donned are now making a huge comeback with the help of designer Balmain. You can spot them on the backs of Rihanna, Beyoncé and more.Speaking of Balmain, Michael was recently spotted rocking a crystal-encrusted top by the designer. Although it is a fall 2009 piece, there is nothing new about seeing him in something like this; Michael stayed true to his eccentric style, and it obviously didn’t phase him that this top was designed for women.We never saw Michael jump on anyone else’s style wagon. He wore one of his signature marching band jackets as recent as last year, at his friend Christian Audigier‘s 50th birthday.There is a reason Michael Jackson’s death shut down Twitter and slowed down the entire internet last week…Most can agree that there has never been a single person who stirred up so much passion across the globe with music, fashion and good deeds.   Just a handful of images to illustrate Michael Jackson’s impact on artists of today:  RihannaWilly Wonka   Chris Brown Usher 

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