Fashion Rocks: Michaels Jackson's "Off the Wall" Style Revisited

Are you excited about the upcoming Michael Forever Tribute concert that’s going to be broadcast from, of all places, Cardiff, Wales?

The event has been mired in typical Jackson-style family feuding, but, hey, that’s just part of the enticing drama. Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson and Jamie Foxx are among those scheduled to perform in honor of the late, larger-than-life King of Pop.

Before the history-making blockbuster Thriller turned the music world upside-down and solidified his place as an international superstar, Michael Jackson released his first solo album in the late ’70s, the smash Off The Wall.

It was a mix of reinvented R&B, funky disco-pop, smooth soul, and soft, sentimental ballads. On the album cover and in the music video for “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough,” he wore a tuxedo to signify his newfound maturity and white socks to emphasize the movement of his dancing feet.

The tux soon became one of his signature looks, transforming Jackson into a sex symbol who dated Brooke Shields and hung out with Andy Warhol at Studio 54. The pop icon once admitted, “I love starting trends,” and he succeeded in leaving a legendary style legacy that also includes military jackets, aviator sunglasses, sequined jumpsuits, fedoras, and, of course, a single sparkly glove.

Wouldn’t you know it? The tuxedo-for-women is one of the hottest trends from the Fall/Winter 2011 collections. (And no, it’s not just for Rihanna or Janelle Monae.)

Rock the tux by donning this Akris Punto feminine version of men’s formalwear, an ASOS satin bow shirt, a Valentino clutch, and a pair of sparking Badgley Mischka pumps.

You’ll definitely Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin.’


Shirt: ASOS Sleeveless Cotton Satin Bow Shirt | $45.74

Shoe: Badgley Mischka Humbie II Evening Pump Silver | $200

Clutch: Valentino Satin Bow Clutch | $875

Tuxedo Jacket: Akris Punto Short-Back Tuxedo Jacket Punto | $365