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Michael Jackson Turns Clothing Designer!

06/24/2008 at 12:00 PM ET

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Michael Jackson hasn’t had a hit in a while, but instead of working on his next platinum album, he’s turning his eye towards fashion! The King of Pop has teamed up with Ed Hardy designer — and pal — Christian Audigier to launch a new line this fall. Audigier tells PEOPLE of the collaboration, “It’s the merging of the King of Pop with the king of fashion. Something explosive is going to happen.” As for Kitson owner Fraser Ross, who has already committed to carrying the line exclusively at launch, he tells PEOPLE that he has faith in the new line because “Michael Jackson is an international pop icon who has had a huge following throughout his career. I think people will think it’s hip to wear his line. Through all his ups and downs people still love him. He still has a huge fan base.” Tell us: Will you wear Michael Jackson’s new clothing line?

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Crumbs on

Yuck no way will anyone buy his crap

John on

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO. NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER.

Varonika on

Absolutely!

amy on

kid toucher fashion….just what we all need NOT. There is a reason he’s not living here and promoting fashion here..we LOVED you and you lead us astray. I can’t even imagine anyone buying this

MONI Q on

YES

lila e on

If Ed Hardy is backing him, why not?! i’m sure it will be tough and trendy!

Joe on

If the clothes are anything like that shirt, then no.

Leslie on

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! What can Audridge be thinking going into business with that freak?! I will never look at Audridge the same after this.

Claudia on

I will love to see what Michael can do in fashion and i will be the first one to buy whatever he does. I love you Michael and PERU loves you too.

MONI Q on

YES WIL M J ROCKS ITS ABOUT TIME

Sera on

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. What’s it gonna be, veils, tacky pants and shirts and bedazled crap? NO WAY!

MONI Q on

YES I WILL M J ROCKS ITS ABOUT TIME

Cookie on

OMG….Why? You know, Mike is really…REALLY weird and I am sorry but I don’t think after he left the country (guiltily) and fell from the grace of the Earth, why in the world should we be forced with a decision to think of Wacko as a designer? Ugh.

Charlene King on

All depends on the styles and the cost. No problem in supporting Michael Jackson.
Charlene

Sayra Burke on

Noooooooooooooo. Anyone who gets off on doing things to kids does not have my support.

katie wentz on

i think i would but it depends on the clothes and how they look. i really dont care about the label.

Cheryl on

Sure..why not. He’s working with a great designer.

Cheryl on

P.S. It better not be too expensive.

Yolanda on

If he has his trade mark white sequence glove and tight leather pants I would totally buy them and so would my husband! We love Micheal Jackson, he is our idol and we wish he would come back. He has the #1 selling album of all time so therefor the rest of you can beat it if you don’t agree that all of his songs are great. You know you dance to them when you hear them and without his clothes in all of those videos they would have been nothing.

Shaniqua on

Yeah Yolanda! You n yo husband know whats kickin! You must be one PYT!

Lori on

no effing way. especially if it looks like what he’s wearing in the photo.

peachy on

everyone has to make a living. micheal has kids to support and he a trendy dresser. i think it could work for him.

peachy on

Fopgive and forget. He was exonerated by a group of american citizens remember they had all the facts and evidence layed out in front of them and they did not see any evidence of guilt on his part. Innocent until proven guilty remember. Give the man the benefit of the doubt. Stop being jeoulous of his fame and fortune.

MEBNYC on

Hey – I admire Michael’s musical cannon. I am not too proud to admit to owning a Thriller jacket back in 1984. However, I’d be much more apt to re-purchase Thriller the album than any type of clothing “designed” by MJ. His fashion tastes leave little to be desired. Poor KITSON, they seem to get snookered by any so-called “celeb” hawking a clothing line. Can this be KITSON’s answer to their “well selling” line of denim “designed” by Posh Spice? MJ hasn’t had a hit in years – what makes us think he can score one with a fashion line?

Melissa on

OJ was exonerated too — and then bankrupted by civil court because the different rules and standards there allowed them to see more evidence. Don’t think for a second that ALL the evidence is ever alowed into a criminal case in the US.

As for Wacko Jacko’s clothes? Oh my God, NO. Not a chance. Ewwwwwwwww.

Maddy on

this could be interesting… it will definitely be a very different and creative collection… but honestly i don’t think that many ppl will want to buy clothes designed by a pedophile.

Lilly on

Yes
i would

and hes not a bad
dude after all

RJ on

For sure!! He’s got a cool style I admire, so I’d definitely be checking out his clothes line. I believe it’ll be great. The only thing I’m concerned about is why he’s decided to do this, and I hope he’s not going the route of all the other music artists and actors who are making perfumes, having clothing lines, etc. It’s okay to dabble in different things, but I’m concerned that he stay true to himself and not follow a fad.
I’ll say what us fans REALLY would love is a new album!

Kate on

Yeah. Definately

TA on

FOR SURE!! he is the king

Elena on

Yes, definately!

Michael Jackson is the most kind and generous man in the world, he is innocent and his music is the best!He’s just the KING!

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Bryan on

Of course i’d wear this line. I don’t like Ed Hardy stuff at all, but I know that Mike Jack will bring something hot to the table! Mike always dresses good.

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Rose on

Absolutely not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Michael is far from a fashion designer. The good lord put him on this earth to be an entertainer and that is the path he should be following. There is nothing wrong with change but let’s face it…HE IS WHAT HE IS AND WILL ALWAYS BE.

Gen on

What are you people thinking, supporting a child abusier. He doesn’t deserve anything but jail. There has been news that he is still doing this to kids. Any one that buys, shame on you.

Tex on

Love Ed Hardy but MJ line will be a big pass for me.

Kim Olson on

Not on your life!!!

amy on

Joe, loved your comment. he is such a loser and a nobody. His time of being cool is gone so why doesn’t he just settle down in one of those big houses of his and just leave everyone alone. I love Ed Hardy though.

vince on

of course i will. it’s funny how those on here commenting against it and imagining no one buying it can clearly see tho other commenters on here who are saying they WILL buy it.

kris on

and that’s the end of christian audigier’s career. bad move…even worse than brit.

melissa on

seriously if ur gonna talk bad about michael, keep it 2 urself…. But i think its great that he’s coming out with a new line of clothes! i will absolutly buy his clothes! no doubt! WOOT!! start of his comeback!!!!!!!!!! LOVE YOU MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON!!!!!!!!

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Henry Gillardson on

Oh Michael, I don’t think many people will be interested in buying your taste in clothing. Your gift is music and I would like to see you continue to pursue this. You definitely are not a fashion designer. Commit to your album and forget clothing. Please!
I don’t suppose he’ll read this post, but I’m just putting out the energy.

Holly on

Does Audigier have a clue that Jackson is washed up? He is such a has been and has now become one of those shameful embarassments for the excess of the eighties. Why doesn’t Audigier call up Milli Vanilli and Boy George to add to the collection?

kiki on

NO WAY!!!!!!!!

coco on

I will without a doubt buy every stitch of clothing that Michael Jackson makes. thank you very much.

Kris on

YES!
Michael Jackson is awesome!

helen on

people do you have any idea what you are saying, michael jackson has fation. If you think about it most people copy his style, celebreties, designers, and a lot of people. The people who are saying ew, you are wrong big time. Michael if I had money i would buy anything you make. People trust me, his styles are going to be so cool that even the celebreties are gonna wear his clothes, thay are ganna be like, “I am wearing michael jackson’s designes. I think you shoul think before you talk. Ok little ignorents

apple on

Congratulations Michael. About time you come out with that. Hopefully that guy won’t use you just like the rest of others. We would love your styles. They are unique and classy. You will make that designer look good because I do not like his designs at all. We love you michael. You are who you are. You do not copy anyone and that’s what we like about you. Continue the great work of arts. People will always get jealous what can we do about it. It’s an envious world. The more people envy and get’s jealous of you the more successful you are. Truth always stands. God bless you and your family. CONTInue loving those who hate you.

CRISTINA BRASIL on

WE LOVE YOU MICHAEL!!!!!! WELCOME BACK!!

katherine marie torres on

YESSSSSSSS!!!!! MJ ROCKS OUR WORLD OUT AND HE WOULD DO GREAT WITHOUT THIS FREAKEN HATERSSS LEAVE HIM ALONE HIS HOT HOT HOT

#1 fan on

MichaelJackon is a very creative individual. This man was found innocent of all charges. Why is it immpossible for him to live and have businnesses.

If persons in the public do not want to shop or support his line don’t, but keep you negative opinion to youself.

CHRISTINA on

I WOULD WEAR HIS LINE! i would pay a pretty penny to wear it too!

HACOVE on

good choice for partnership. it will work. their backrounds are for fashion and i admire that, “japorms”
i design aswell and i can trough what it will become

mattison on

yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes

Rakeem on

I would buy some of his clothes in his line. They will be cool to wear. Especially on special occasions!!! He is the greatest in music and the best when it comes to real fashion!

katherine marie torres on

OOOOH YES I WOULD AND IM A GIRL I LOVE MJ SO MUCH OF COURSE I WOULD WEAR HIS CLOTH AND HATERZ STOP HATING.

mjjmj on

of course

robert marino on

i would because im GAY yea gayness :)

Jessica on

Of course, i’ve been waiting for this to happen for so long. His style is so vintage and extraordinary.
I’d rather wear his clothes than someone like Jodie Marsh’s.

mutina jackson on

yes i would thats my cousin
R.I.P MICHAEL JACKSON I LOVE YU

mutina jackson on

YES I WOULD WEAR HIS CLOTHS
HE IS THE KING OF POP AND HE SINGS
GREAT R.I.P MICHAEL JACKSON I LOVE YOU COUSIN

Fanny on

I sure want to..:D Really love MJ..R.I.P. :// <3

Cindy on

Absolutely!! I’ve always loved his way dress. Being in the military for 25 yaers…it’s something I’ve always loved. When his line of clothing comes out at reasonable prices…I will be the first to make a purchase. It’s a strong,professional, stylish look. !!!

Stacey Ellis on

Good for Michael!! Even though he is not here now to see it all happen, he’s left a legacy in that Michael Jackson’s style has always been admired. I would wear MJJ wear and am definitely going to keep my eyes open for items that fit the bill!

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Michael Jackson will be the greatest pop singer in the whole world. Everyone will miss him.

irocker on

you guys are such haters

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Janice Bennett on

Michael had an unusual style. It was classy and intricate. I hope his ideas for clothing is his ideas. This particular designer is not Michael’s taste. Someone like Valentino is more his taste. Someone with real style and class.
I hope Michael’s family can see what a lot of us see when it comes to picking the right designer for his clothing line.

zainab on

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linda on

micheal jackson clothes everybody would wear his line even the ones that say nooooooooooooooooooooooooo and they know that ,they would have his items on their children’s their man,their woman and grandchildren’s on the dog and pet cat.

Toni on

OF COURSE

DINELIA GONZALEZ on

absulutely, i would surely wear his fashion

Robin on

Ofcourse i would. if u have seen michaels clothes of the days . the will be good!

Val Schmid on

I really miss Michael Jackson. He is truly the greatest pop singer of the century. Farewell king of pop..

Erin Turner on

there is no doubt that Michael Jackson is the best ever pop music artist of the Centruy.'”

Barkha on

I will…Absolutely wear his line!

aimee on

‘Billie Jean’ Tux

Jackson’s contemporary take on the tuxedo was groundbreaking. Made from black leather and worn with a pink shirt and red bow tie, it allowed men to approach evening looks in a less conventional way. The look has been replicated on the YSL catwalk.

Beaded ‘Moonwalk’ Jacket

The beaded jacket is what Jackson originally wore in 1983 when he performed his first ever moonwalk. Glitzy monochrome as well as fedoras are slated to be a big trend this winter even if white socks paired with loafers continue to be a style challenge.

The World’s First Air-Conditioned Jacket

Countless hours blending state-of-the-art technology and cutting edge design experience resulted in a world first: the unique micro air-conditioning and purifying system incorporated into a garment.

The “AC-7″ jacket was designed and fitted for Michael Jackson by Arfaq. Created in a distinctive military style, the jacket is a captivating combination of Capri Blue with a dash of Light Amethyst. Specially created stones dramatically recreate the effect of the Aurora Borealis enhanced throughout with glorious pulsating rainbow colors. One arm simply shimmers in a torrent of clear crystal droplets. In excess of 275,000 crystal stones, each cut with eight facets, were utilized in the production of this jacket.

Military Jackets

Atten-shun! Jackson led the fashion troops in his custom-made, braid and button-bedecked military jackets. Forward march a couple of decades and the Parisian catwalk is crowded with similar strong-shouldered looks. Rihanna picked up a very M.J. denim piece from Balmain-a brand the King of Pop himself grew to favor.

‘Magician’s Fall’ Military Half Jacket by Arfaq

‘Magicians Fall’, designed by Arfaq for Michael Jackson, is a military half jacket, designed from black dress suede. The garment demonstrates a very simple cut and fall and is very comfortable to wear. In return, this jacket is lined in a fine black silk and is flamboyantly decorated with 18ct gold buckles.

Gangster Style ‘Smooth Criminal’

The gangster-style suit from Smooth Criminal was designed by Betty Madden and is a homage to Fred Astaire’s outfit in the 1953 film The Bandwagon. It was much slicker than the costumes Jackson wore in the early Eighties. To achieve the impossible effect of leaning that far forward in this picture he wore shoes that used special harnesses with wires and magnets.

The World’s First Pair of Adjustable Shoes

Arfaq designed and developed custom-made shoes for Michael Jackson. These shoes were made to electronically self adjust to his foot. The concept was created because his production company, MJJ Productions, did not disclose his shoe size!

The ‘Bad’ Days

For the Bad album, Jackson toughened up his image with masses of belts, buckles, studs and straps, but it was always more glam than intimidating. Mary-Kate Olsen wears the Givenchy version of the Bad look.

1990’s Glitter

Jackson and sparkles go hand in hand. He loved to shine and was one of the first to wear clothes entirely encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

The Swarovski Black Diamond Glove

In 1994, Arfaq made a Black Swarovski diamond glove for Michael Jackson known as “Healing Hands”, which was worn by Michael Jackson on the HIStory Tour. Handmade with 18,443 diamond stones imported from Austria, from the legendary Swarovski Crystal House, the specially formulated adhesive allows total control and movement.

Five 9ct Egyptian gold buckles fasten the glove in place, each buckle is extremely light, thus preventing distortion of the finished glove.

His look inspired this Antonio Berardi catwalk style. Today, sequins work for day and evening wear.

A ‘Thriller’ of a Jacket

The flamboyant red leather jacket Jackson wore in the Thriller video is one of his most memorable looks. It wasn’t so much the colour or the style that were important, but the way he wore it, with the sleeves pushed up past his elbows. With that simple styling tick, he set a trend that lasted a decade.

This is one of Jackson’s most iconic outfits. The bold red leather jacket with exaggerated shoulders is from the video to Thriller. Fast forward 25 years and leather jackets and coloured jeans are enjoying a revival.

Joel Owen on

oh dear i kind of missed Michael Jackson already;-`

Shower Pump  on

i’ve come to think that Michael Jackson was our best pop artist, kanye west is nowhere near jacko.*’

Melatonin Side Effect · on

Thriller Videos are always great, i love those dancing zombies *

 

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