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Moss and Michael

Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic Over the last few weeks, my colleague Jessica Iredale and I have been mourning Michael Jackson. Yes, we recognize that he was accused of child molestation and his behavior over the last few years has...

Photo by Niki Nikolova/FilmMagic
Over the last few weeks, my colleague Jessica Iredale and I have been mourning Michael Jackson. Yes, we recognize that he was accused of child molestation and his behavior over the last few years has made him the mayor of Crazy Town (or Neverland, as the case may be). But the man we choose to remember is the musician. Which is why our ensembles as of late have been more Motown than 7th Avenue.

The day after his death, I wore silver hi-top Hogan sneakers to the office. Not a literal imitation of Jackson, but I felt they were shoes meant to moonwalk. Then on Tuesday, the day of Jackson's memorial, Jessica came into the office in a metallic silver Yigal Azrouel cardigan. "It's my tribute outfit," she said.

Aside from one mail room staffer in a Michael Jackson concert t-shirt, there were very few editors watching the televised memorial coverage with us (could it be that everyone, finally, is over this?), leaving Jessica and me to think we were all alone in our pop culture grief. That is until I got a press release about Kate Moss, spotted in London, wearing Repetto's black patent leather "Jackson" loafer.

"She's one of us," Jessica said enthusiastically after I showed her the email.

Not really, considering that neither of us are eternally chic, formerly drug-addled supermodels. But it appears that when it comes to Michael Jackson, we're not the only fashion folk paying tribute. And if we hit Bergdorf's fast enough, we can at least walk in her shoes.
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