Last Thursday we lost two of the most influential pop culture figures, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Although I don’t idolize them, I do have a lot of respect for both of them and I can’t deny on how they’ve made a huge impact to our generation and mostly to the fashion world. Every blogs have done their own tribute versions of these two icons, and I think we should also spare a spot here in our beloved FD. In the name of fashion, here’s a quick mini homage to both of them. (Photos courtesy of nymag.com, and cbc.ca)
- Farrah Fawcett (February 2, 1947- June 25, 2009)
She was an icon of the 70’s fashion. Even though I didn’t grow up in the seventies, but I was fortunate enough to watch Charlie’s Angels on TV during my teen (thanks to Antenne 2 in the early 90’s). Who could forget her feather-like blonde hair which she made famous in Charlie’s Angels or her Colgate smile? (photo on the left). Many of her seventies looks have inspired today’s runway, from high-waisted jeans, jumpsuits, plaid shirt, zippered swimsuit/leotard, to menswear-inspired suit. See more of her influence on today’s designers, here.
Farrah Fawcett Fashion Influence, all photos courtesy of thinkthrufashion.com, and examiner.com
left: plaid shirt and high-waisted jeans, right : jumpsuit
Farrah Fawcett as Jill Munroe with her 2 other castmates in Charlie’s Angels, wearing mens/safari-inspired shirt with high waisted pants
The casts of Charlie’s Angels, especially Farrah in menswear-inspired look, wearing white suit, matching vest and plaid shirt
left: Farrah Fawcett wearing zippered swimsuit, right: Fawcett in preppy/country-club inspired tennis suit look
- Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Despite of all his controversial conducts (the phedophile accusations, his discoloration, his plastic surgery addiction, etc.), basically everyone in the 90’s grew up with Michael Jackson‘s music. Like it or not, we were glued to the TV whenever his music videos were played on our screen. Black or White, and Heal The World were two of his most influential songs during my time. A very close friend of mine in middle school was a huge fan of the King of Pop, I remember watching her dancing and listening to his music in her room before going to our boum. (Rania if you read this, my heart goes to you! =)
In the 80s, Bad, Beat It, and Thriller have changed the music and dance revolution in our pop culture history. I should even say that MTV gained its wide recognition partly due to Jackson’s greatest music videos. People tried to do his Moonwalk dance move from Billy Jean and 80’s kids were imitating his style. Michael Jackson himself was never afraid to experiment with fashion, he was bold and daring with his sequined and rhinestones military jackets, white gloves, white socks and black loafers, statement hats and bow ties, arm band, and his countless chameleon looks. Emmanuelle Alt, French Vogue’s Fashion Director, is said to be “obsessed” with Michael Jackson, and was the reason behind Jackson’s recent addiction to Balmain. For the love of Balmain, let’s take a look on Michael Jackson’s love affair with the French fashion house. Click here, if you want to learn more of Jacko’s fashion timeline.
Michael Jackson’s love affair with Balmain, all photos courtesy of gawker.com, thefoolfashion.com, theinsider.com,
The style sample shares great collages on how fashion was inspired by the King of Pop
All photos courtesy of the style sample
Sources and images courtesy of: nymag.com, theCut, thinkthrufashion.com, examiner.com, theinsider.com, thestylesample.com, foolfashion.com, gawker.com, cbc.ca.