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Fierce Or A Flop? Vogue Reinterprets Michael Jackson’s Style

agyness deyn-thriller-1.jpgI have no problem admitting that I am a bit of a fashion snob. To use my own term, I am a "fashion whore." It is for this reason that I can appreciate what Kanye West was attempting to accomplish when he designed his overpriced Louis Vuitton sneakers and still emphatically shake my head no when considering the fail that those sneakers represented as a whole. This is just my opinion. Using this same logic, my left brain can appreciate what Vogue Harper's Bazaar was attempting to do when they enlisted photographer Terry Richardson and model Agyness Deyn to reinterpret fashions that Michael Jackson originated and perfected during the course of his lifelong musical career. However, my right frontal cortex screams in disgust and stomps around the room when viewing these blandly styled fashions in front of a plain, stark white backdrop.  

I mean, is this the best you could do, Harper's? If anything I see this fashion spread as a grand opportunity to showcase models from varying ethnicities to further drive the point home that Michael was a lover of the human race. Or showcase a darker-skinned model to drive the point home that Michael was so starkly conflicted by his vitiligo that people often mistook him as being a victim of his own self-hatred. I know, I know. Harper's is not especially adept at showcasing people of color unless they have done something extraordinary, even with a large and in charge Editor-At-Large. But something about this spread just rubs me the wrong way. What say you, readers? Was this "Thriller Fashion" spread done well or horribly lacking? [H/T:PT]

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  • rapnerd

    It's lacking something that's for sure. Looks bland. Adding in a monkey(fake ass Bubbles) didn't help either. My favorite picture from the spread is the "She Says I'm The One" (Billie Jean inspired) picture. It was probably the nicest of them all.

  • heyhey

    The Billie Jean one is okay because face isn't too pretty -- she's got an androgyous thing going on. Otherwise It looks thrown together, last minute, a bit opportunistic. Also, personally, Agy's appeal escapes me in general, and moreso here. Someone with a more otherworldly, "different" look could have rocked these outfits better. Right now it looks like Sharon Stone's niece playing dress up.

  • anon

    bootleg

  • lilkunta

    FLOP! FLOP! FLOP!
    Like u said this is just opportunistic in that MJ died in June & what woulda been his 51st bday is coming on 25August.
    LIke u said, the chief ed is Andre talley ( is he married? homsexual? have kids? where is he from? ) is AfrAm but that mag dont ever have ANY diversity ! Alll they show rl anglo models & brasilian models of german decent (thus anglo as well).
    I also diagree w your friend who says " Michael was so starkly conflicted by his vitiligo that people often mistook him as being a victim of his own self-hatred. " MJ DID HATE his face & complexion bc of his jacked up mean *ss dad joe. Joe abused him as a kid, then as a teen teased MJ about his nose. I dont know where MJ's hate of his brown skin came from,but I def feel he didnt want to age & look like joe so that is why he kept cutting his nose.

  • Lejla Kevric

    As a fashion designer and a Michael Jackson fan, I must say that this seems more like a money making rather than a creative tribute. I'd expect this styling quality and lack of backdrop from a lower budget and less experienced magazine. What would have worked better would have been celebrity fans eg Beyonce wearing MJ inspired clothing, in a better styled fashion shoot and the proceeds to go to a charity. Now that would have brought Vogue to a wider audience, and moved it with the times. Vogue is still in the 80s with a lot of its ideas and refusal to make it more racially mixed. It is sick how many people are trying to make money out of his death, but if you are gonna do it, at least produce something with some substance and quality!

  • Reecie

    These are from Harper's Bazaar, not Vogue. either way, I agree that they kinda suck and while I like Agnes, I think they couldve chosen someone else....perhaps black?

  • @ Reecie:
    Thanks and noted.

  • As a fashion designer and a Michael Jackson fan, I must say that this seems more like a money making rather than a creative tribute. I'd expect this styling quality and lack of backdrop from a lower budget and less experienced magazine. What would have worked better would have been celebrity fans eg Beyonce wearing MJ inspired clothing, in a better styled fashion shoot and the proceeds to go to a charity. Now that would have brought Vogue to a wider audience, and moved it with the times. Vogue is still in the 80s with a lot of its ideas and refusal to make it more racially mixed. It is sick how many people are trying to make money out of his death, but if you are gonna do it, at least produce something with some substance and quality!



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