How Roberto Cavalli Helped Michael Jackson Ditch the White Socks

Michael Jackson's glitzy concert getups are some of the most recognizable in the history of the music industry: The sparkly gloves, the black loafers, the tipped fedoras, the statement jackets. But it turns out he might have owed part of his iconic image to Roberto Cavalli. However, it sounds like their relationship had a few bumps...
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Michael Jackson's glitzy concert getups are some of the most recognizable in the history of the music industry: The sparkly gloves, the black loafers, the tipped fedoras, the statement jackets. But it turns out he might have owed part of his iconic image to Roberto Cavalli. However, it sounds like their relationship had a few bumps...
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Michael Jackson's glitzy concert getups are some of the most recognizable in the history of the music industry: The sparkly gloves, the black loafers, the tipped fedoras, the statement jackets.

But it turns out he might have owed part of his iconic image to Roberto Cavalli. Vogue UK reports that Jackson recruited the Italian designer for a pre-tour image consultation.

"'Roberto, I need you to give me a new look. I'm tired of the moccasins, I'm tired of the white socks,'" the designer recalls a presumable pre-Off the Wall Jackson telling him. "So I created a fantastic jacket for him, it took months to make."

Most people would never let a custom Cavalli jacket leave their sight--but then, Jackson wasn't like most people. When the King of Pop took the stage in the jacket, fans shouted to him that it was too hot. So he pulled a classic pop star move: He threw the jacket--the very jacket that Roberto Cavalli and his team labored over for months--into the adoring crowd.

Cavalli was less than pleased. "I couldn't believe it," he says. "I said to myself, 'I am never making him a jacket again.'" We can only pray that whoever caught that glorious jacket has turned it in to a Hard Rock Cafe by now.