Justin Bieber performs on “The X Factor” in a band vest reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s iconic jacket.
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Comparing Justin Bieber to Michael Jackson certainly isn’t a new or novel idea; the similarities have been drawn between the two early-start musicians both in career trajectory and voice (especially in Biebs’s earliest days, singing Stevie Wonder’s “Someday At Christmas”, which MJ also covered at a young age). Justin certainly has some work cut out for him and some enormous shoes to fill if he’s looking to live up to a legacy as grand as Michael’s, but that’s not stopping or slowing him down. With a brand-new Christmas album released earlier this month, chock-full of mega-watt collabs like Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey, Bieber’s star is undeniably rising. Promoting the album with a performance on Germany’s “X Factor”, Justin makes it near impossible NOT to think of The King of Pop with his wardrobe of choice: a red embellished vest very reminiscent of Michael’s iconic red and gold band jacket.
Biebs isn’t the first to emulate this defining MJ look. Back in 2009, Balmain incorporated several band-style jackets into its spring/summer collection, which were ravenously eaten up by the fashion masses. Rihanna was seen wearing the light denim version, while Beyoncé was spotted with a black and silver style. The resurrgence of the style had legs for quite a while, holding on as a full-blown trend through late 2010, but it’s been some time since we’ve seen the marching band silhouette. Upon first glance at Bieber’s ensemble, and knowing that he’ll be unveiling a video for his Christmas collaboration with Busta Rhymes, “Drummer Boy,” we thought this drum major-looking outfit was a (maybe too literal) performance look for the song. Upon further research, we realized that Biebs only sang “Under The Miseltoe” on the German show, leading us to render the performance and the sleeveless jacket unrelated, and this a completely style-driven wardrobe decision. What does this mean? Is it a subconscious means of positioning himself in the same breath as The King? Or could Bieber geniunely be spearheading a revival of the heavily ornamented military leader look with an updated twist? What do you think?