Above are Kevin Mazurâ€™s photographs of Michael Jacksonâ€™s last rehearsal at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which should put paid to rumours suggesting the King of Pop had no intention to carry out his concerts.
Mazur, who had photographed Jackson on numerous occasions, says, â€˜When he hit the stage at rehearsal, I was thrilled that the magical Michael Jackson was back! I felt the same adrenaline rush as when I photographed him the ﬁrst time moonwalking. I was so looking forward to shooting the O2 Arena performances with the amazing production that Kenny Ortega and AEG put together with Michael for his fans.â€™
AEG Live (UK) Ltd. has announced that full refunds will be available to fans who purchased tickets through authorized agents for any of the 50 Michael Jackson This Is It concerts which were to take place at the O2 Arena in London.
TMZ was the ﬁrst to report that pop star Michael Jackson had passed away after suffering cardiac arrest at his home. Presently, mainstream media outlets such as the Los Angeles Times are conﬁrming the news, based on their sources.
Jacksonâ€™s death comes on the same day another icon, Farrah Fawcett, died after a long battle with cancer. Fawcett was 62, Jackson was 50.
From a fashion point-of-view, Fawcett was best known for her hairstyle in the 1970s, and was at one point the most famous pin-up in a poster by Pro Arts, photographed by Bruce McBroom. The poster sold millions of copies, buoyed by the actressâ€™s subsequent success in Charlieâ€™s Angels, a series for which she remained known for the remainder of her life.
Jackson, being a pop star, had numerous reinventions, from a stylish solo recording artist in the 1970s to being proclaimed â€˜the king of popâ€™ by the following decade. He had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and had won 13 Grammy Awards and had 13 number-one singles in his solo career.
His impact on the fashion world was evidenced by an auction of his property earlier in 2009. While his trademark is a single sequinned white glove, Jackson wore a series of elaborately beaded military jackets in the 1980s.
Itâ€™s arguable whether people aped the Jackson style in the way many women borrowed Fawcettâ€™s hairdo, but there is no doubt that both were cultural icons.
The folks at LancÃ´me have released their latest Magniﬁque commercial with actress Anne Hathaway. Previews have ﬂoated around for a few monthsâ€”here is the ﬁnal 30-second spot. Strangely, there has been less attention for Hathawayâ€™s second spot compared with her ﬁrst.
Maria Sharapova, as part of her role as Sony Ericsson brand ambassador, unveiled London College of Fashion student designs in the window of design store Liberty in London. The designs were part of a collaboration between Sony Ericsson and the School of Fashion Design and Technology at London College of Fashion, exploring the link between technology and fashion. Eighty students competed for a chance to have their work displayed at Liberty and to meet Sharapova.
Sharapova comments on her return to tennis in one of the below videos, and there are general views of the event at Liberty.
For Lucire readers, the Royal Ascot is perhaps better known for the fashion than the racing. This year, we have some footage from the event, including interviews with Amanda Holden, Ronnie Corbett and Eddie Jordan.
Amanda Holden describes what sheâ€™s wearing.
Helloâ€™s Judy Wade, who covers the Royal beat, discusses the Ascot tradition.
Ronnie Corbett comments on his interest in Ascot.
Eddie Jordan sees Ascot as part of a great English sporting summer with the British Grand Prix and Wimbledon.
Top: H&Mâ€™s Margareta van den Bosch and Jimmy Chooâ€™s Tamara Mellon. Centre: Van den Bosch and Mellon with a model wearing items from the Jimmy Choo for H&M range. Above: Shoes from the range.
After collaborating with Stella McCartney, Karl Lagerfeld, Viktor & Rolf, Roberto Cavalli, Comme des GarÃ§ons and Matthew Williamson, Hennes & Mauritz has announced that Jimmy Choo will be next to design a guest collection for the mass-market retailer.
H&M says its Jimmy Choo range will be launched in 200 stores on November 14.
Jimmy Choo founder and CEO, Tamara Mellon, says there will be designs for women and men in the collection.
Margareta van den Bosch, H&Mâ€™s creative director, says in a statement, â€˜We adore Jimmy Chooâ€™s shoes and bags. They are glamorous and sexy, and they add instant style to the simplest of outﬁts. I like the way we have worked with clothes to accessorize the shoes and bags rather than the other way around. This collaboration is particularly exciting because itâ€™s our ﬁrst shoe designer collection. Itâ€™s a joy to be able to offer top-end designer shoes and bags of excellent quality to our customers.â€™
The All Blacks were getting plenty of announcements today: ﬁrst, Telecom New Zealand said it would sponsor New Zealandâ€™s rugby team through to the 2011 World Cup. Secondly, menswear brand Barkers announced its collaboration, with a Barkers Black line, inspired by Italian designer gear.
The idea was to create a slick silhouette for the bulkier rugby playerâ€”but as with Barkers generally, there will be sizes across the board.
The range features suits, a wool coat and shirts, along with New Zealand-made merino knitwear.
All Blacks Josevata Rokocoko, Anthony Boric and Richard Kahui star in the campaign.