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Janet Jackson Pays Tribute to 'Genius' Alexander McQueen on the Red Carpet

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Long live McQueen! It’s been a month since venerable British designer Alexander McQueen tragically took his own life, but his design skills are still alive and well as stars like Janet Jackson don them on the red carpet. At last night’s premiere of Why Did I Get Married Too? at New York’s School of Visual Arts Theater, the singer-actress — who reprises her role as a psychotherapist — donned a dark navy Alexander McQueen ruffled jacket paired with harem pants and a power belt. Jackson spoke to PEOPLE about her adoration for and long-time relationship with the designer, calling him a “wonderful guy. Sweetheart.” She continued on, “[McQueen was the] very first fashion show I ever went to. He invited me to his show in the late 1990s in London. I’ve always been a fan of his.” The 43-year-old star went on to rave about McQueen’s talents, putting him in the highest echelon possible. “True genius, and I’m not using the word loosely at all,” she told PEOPLE. “To me, there are certain ones, you have your [Karl Lagerfeld at] Chanel, Givenchy, McQueen, Galliano, it’s those guys that fall right in that.” —reporting by Jeffrey Slonim

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