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.
"'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.