Spread from VogueMy mom has this ongoing obsession with all things pirate. This bleeds into the nautical, the theatrical, and gilded jackets. And yes, she will wear these things...even in the middle of rural Utah (though she is actually moving to the Northwest coast...A pirate's life for me!). She was going on yesterday about the Michael Jackson influence that has surged in the fashion scene recently, in tribute to his passing and (I suppose) as a way to somehow carry on the torch for a comeback tour that never happened. (MJ was trotting around in women's line Balmain and Givenchy attire just before his death.) Balmain is reaping the benefits, as their military jackets (retailing for thousands) couldn't be selling out faster if they were at Target's dollar spot.
The denim take
various jackets from Michael Jackson tours and events, via Rolling StoneThriller JacketAs a side note, MJ is from Gary, Indiana, the setting of The Music Man: Could there be some founding fashion connection? Just a thought.