Yesterday morning Michael Jackson's clothes from his 'This is It' wardrobe went on auction to the world, but don't get too excited. Items made available such as a pair of Dior Homme orange pants, that were the last thing he was meant to have worn before he died, are not in everyone's price range. Bids started at $2000 but on the plus side along with the pants you comes photographic evidence and verification from Jacko's personal bodyguard that he did in fact wear them in his final moments. Despite the public auction of some items, the iconic Balmain blazers that were the essence of Jackson's style are set to be sold privately later in the year.
As we bid farewell to the end of the year and 2010 is fast approaching we thought it would only be fair to share with you some of the biggest fashion moments from 2009.
Michelle Obama's inauguration day outfits, designed by Isabel Toledo (day dress suit) and Jason Wu (evening gown), caught the attention of the fashion world. Obama has since donned a number of fashion-forward outfits, which has propelled her onto a number of best-dressed lists and has helped launch the career of Jason Wu.
We all know Manhattan-raised Posen for his forties-inflected tailoring, mermaid-esque gowns, and little cocktail dresses – but what are we all expecting for his up and coming Target line? Tuesday morning’s preview of the collection saw Editors forced to sign non-disclosure agreements before their sneak look...but we knew that wouldn’t stop a select few from blabbing.
The line, according to one anonymous source, includes a prom dress with detachable parts that can be worn three different ways. It is also “very print-heavy with one gown, tuxedo, lots of printed separates, bathing suits, a belt or two, and a cool Michael Jackson red leather jacket!” Another tipster confirmed that the line features Posen’s signature chiffon and prints, including a rainbow safety-pin pattern.
Obama was 200 percent advertising. I promote myself to sell my brands. Because now I am a kind of celeb. I am in a different world than the fashion industry. I am with Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, Madonna. I build me as a celebrity.
Sorry to all the Michael Jackson-lovers out there, but the King of Pop has been financially bested by a fashion great. Sure, 'This is It' is cleaning up at the box office, and the film's companion album should become Jackson's sixth No. 1 next week. But it's Yves Saint Laurent who topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning dead celebs.
The French fashion legend, who died of brain cancer last June, earned $350 million in the past 12 months, largely thanks to his estate auction handled by Christie's this February. Jackson took in $90 million, which was only good enough for third, behind Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein ($235 million) but ahead of Elvis Presley ($65 million).
YSL always has been a favourite here at The Fash Pack, so we're pleased to see our designer guru being rewarded, posthumously or otherwise. But we'd better stop talking about all this, because we're still lusting over those cage booties - and we don't have an upcoming Christie's auction to make up for the cash we'd drop from our comparatively paltry paycheques.
We've already spotted Keri Hilson at three shows at fashion week and it's only day two. The singer was bang on trend in this asymmetric leather LBD at the Charlotte Ronson show today, still wearing one glove in honor of Michael Jackson.
When asked, Audigier explained that Michael had come to him with the possibility of creating a "chic" clothing line, far from the glitz and glamour of his infamous stage costumes. With jackets, t-shirts, socks, gloves and accessories all in the pipeline, the question still remains as to whether the clothing line will go ahead or not. Jackson didn't sign the contract before he died, however Audigier hopes to still release it. The 'Jackson Jacket' would have retailed at around $220, although stakes could now reach a possible $500, and what with numerous fashion tributes to the King of Pop himself, there is no doubt of the demand for it. Jackson fans, watch this space.