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.