The speculation over what Michael Jackson would be wearing for his tour was proof enough of the respect the fashion world held for him. French Vogue Fashion Director Emmanuel Alt was desperate for him to wear Balmain - a collection inspired by him - and just yesterday Swarovski announced that they were planning to dress the legend head-to-toe in 300,000 crystals from their Crystallized Swarovski Elements for the concerts. ‘As the King of Pop, it is only natural for him to be crowned in crystal,' Nadja Swarovski had said. So let's take a look at the tributes flooding in from fellow fashion icons, designers and industry insiders.
Heidi Mount: "Michael Jackson!!!! this is unbelievable... there [are] no words."
Brian Atwood: "RIP Farrah and Michael Jackson...We will remember you both....!! So sad."
Francesca Burns: "jacko, tragic."
Nicola Formichetti: "R.I.P michael jackson"
Dazed & Confused: "is sad about MJ. Dude had some smooth moves. R.I.P"
Jeremy Scott: "IM JUST IN SHOCK AT THE LOSS OF SUCH AN ICON AND FEEL SO SAD FOR HIS CHILDREN AT THIS TIME FOR THEIR LOSS"
Douglas Perrett of COACD: "This is like the day when Kurt Cobain died....they blasted Teen Spirit at CLUB USA that night and we danced/screamed together one last time"
Sessilee Lopez: "OMG Michael Jackson nooo.... You will be missed!!! I love you Mike R.I.P"
Colette's Sarah Lerfel: "A little confused because I still can't believe it for MJ..."
Dree Hemingway: "In honor of michael I am dressing up like him and dancing to his genius music and adoring him!"
Chanel Iman: "We love u Michael" Michael Jackson lives thru his music forever!!! MJ The King of Pop period."
Madonna: "I can't stop crying over the sad news. Just in shock at the loss of such an icon and feel so sad for his children at this time for their loss."
Kelly Osbourne: "What a sad night! I am in shock over how sad I am about MJ!"
P. Diddy: "Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic. I will miss him!"
Dita von Teese: "I'm stunned and sad. I can't even say anything else because I don't really believe it right now."
Amber Rose: "I really cried for Michael today. My heart hurts for him, his family and his kids. I still can't believe it."
Henry Holland: "Michael Jackson was a constant inspiration. What other man could pull off a Balmain womenswear look!"
Roksanda Ilincic: "Sometimes its hard to believe that certain people can actually die and Michael Jackson was one of them...the world has lost a great genius!"
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