Inside Giuseppe Zanotti's Glittering Michael Jackson Tribute

Inside Giuseppe Zanotti's Glittering Michael Jackson Tribute

The kick-off of a diamond-studded Zanotti shoe drew a star-studded crowd including Paris Jackson.

The kick-off of a diamond-studded Zanotti shoe drew a star-studded crowd including Paris Jackson.

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

Michael Jackson was known for his fancy footwork, so it’s only fitting that a birthday tribute to the late prince of pop would center on a $50,000 shoe. Such was the case last night at the Giuseppe Tribute to Michael Jackson in Las Vegas, which celebrated a new limited edition fashion sneaker based on the “Number One” by Giuseppe Zanotti, a jewel-encrusted prototype inspired by Jackson's singular musical and sartorial legacy.

The event drew a pilgrimage by Jackson's closest friends and associates to Vegas's Mandalay Bay Resort, from Evan Ross Katz and Ashlee Simpson, to Jackson's children Paris and Prince, who wore a rainbow Gucci tee and embellished letterman jacket respectively. In addition to carrying on his legacy as a style icon, the Jackson kids honored their father's charitable legacy, accepting the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Legacy Award on his behalf.  The evening also included a performance by Usher and Mark Ronson, who released the aptly-named song “Diamonds are Invincible” on the same day. 

Studded with 120 black diamonds and 55 rubies spelling spell out “Tribute” on the high-top’s chunky sole, the one-of-a-kind “Number One” shoe will be auctioned on November 9 and 10 and is forecasted to raise a minimum of $30,000 to $50,000 for Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, started by Jackson’s lifelong friend Elizabeth Taylor. Come October, the other 1,999 shoes will retail for $1,295 at select Giuseppe Zanotti and Neiman Marcus stores. Get a sneak-peak at the glitzy shoe, and see inside the star-studded event, below.   

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 29: Paris Jackson attends the Michael Jackson diamond birthday celebration at ?Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil? at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on August 29, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Lester Cohen/Getty Images for Sony Music and The Estate of Michael Jackson)

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