The Jackson family’s grief is heavy over the loss of Michael, but they showed up the memorial on Tuesday at Los Angeles’s Staples Center looking stylish yet appropriate. It turns out that the entire Jackson family was dressed by the one and only Donatella Versace, at the request of Janet Jackson.
Michael Jackson’s sister, Janet Jackson, contacted Donatella Versace and asked her to outfit the entire clan for the memorial. Michael Jackson’s entire family, including his children, all wore clothing by Versace to the funeral. Versace was a favorite of Michael Jackson and the late Gianni Versace was one of his all time favorite designers.
For Tuesday’s memorial, Donatella created dark, somber attire for Michael’s family, which is a far cry from the usual over-the-top Versace designs. The Jackson men were outfitted in sharp black suits and subtly golden ties that added a perfect pop of subtle color. I remarked when seeing the funeral that they looked appropriate, yet the yellow tie was a nice touch during such a dark time. When it came to the Jackson ladies, Donatella provided some Versace flair which was apparent in the wide brim of Latoya’s hat and the subtly revealing sheer panels of Janet’s black sheath. In a move that was both Versace flash and poignant homage, the men displayed a single white glove as they carried Michael’s fittingly flamboyant gold casket.
Vanity Fair is reporting on why Donatella Versace was chosen to dress the Jackson Family for Michael’s funeral.
Donatella herself is no stranger to public mourning, having lost her brother Gianni Versace, founder of the Versace fashion house, in 1997. It was Gianni who first collaborated with Michael, back in 1983; the designer was still an up-and-comer, and the singer was already a superstar in need of an ensemble worthy of a duet with Paul McCartney (“Say Say Say”). The unusual black-and-white-checked tailcoat Gianni whipped up must have pleased Jackson, as he continued to wear Versace both on- and offstage throughout his life. Several of Michael’s iconic, military-inspired costumes, as seen in both the Dangerous and HIStory tours, were Versace creations. Michael also liked his women in Versace: Janet wore the label onstage during her recent Rock Witchu tour, and Lisa Marie Presley appeared in campaigns for Versace’s offshoot label Versus during her marriage to M.J.