By Charlotte Stringer, Style Editor at STYLIGHT.co.uk
With a new album, hologram performances and still more controversy than you can shake a stick at, the media hype around Michael Jackson lives on over five years after his death. However, as what would have been his 56th birthday approaches (29th August), we’ve taken the opportunity to look back at Michael’s top ten fashion trademarks. From his iconic penny loafers, to that red leather ‘Thriller’ jacket, and his now unforgettable white ‘Smooth Criminal’ trilby.
In honour of the King of Pop’s enduring legacy, director Spike Lee upholds his annual tradition of celebrating Michael’s birthday, his work, and his life with a free outdoor party in New York. ‘Brooklyn Loves MJ’ is now in its fifth year, with the first party taking place just months after Jackson’s sudden death in 2009.
Other parties celebrating Jackson’s life include Cirque du Soleil’s #MJWeAreOne campaign, with fans around the world sharing how they’ve been inspired by the King of Pop via Instagram, proving that his music and talent still have a global reach. Also coming up is the MJ Global Birthday Party #MJGBP2014 which sees fans celebrate over three days with videos, songs, and message boards all in 3D for this year’s theme.
With so much taking place over the coming days, Jackson’s mark on the world extends further than just the music he made, it’s reflected in all aspects of modern pop culture and, with the likes of Spike Lee and Co keeping his legacy alive, he’ll remain in people’s collective consciousness for decades to come.