Lots of comments on George Michael. One thing almost everyone missed is he basically popularised designer stubble. Thank you George Michael (RIP) for making it possible for me as a red blooded hetrosexual male, to not shave, not get in shit at work for it, and have women think i am fashionable for it. http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/designer-stubble.html The best known of all 'designer stubble' wearers was George Michael. The look wasn't easy to maintain as it required a few days' beard growth and shaving spoiled the effect. The electric beard trimmer came to the rescue and once it became easy to maintain the look for long periods it became much more popular. The earliest reference to the phrase that I have found is in Familiar Friends - Northwest Plants, Rhoda Whittlessey, July 1985: "De Ijsbreker Musiekcentrum is a vibrant, cutting-edge venue favored by intellectuals and the designer-stubble set." That reference is to a performance venue in Amsterdam by an American author, so we can reasonably assume that the term was current in the US by 1985. An unambiguous definition of it comes soon afterward's Campaign Magazine, August 1986: "The beard trimmer, which allows the user to wear a fashionable 'designer stubble' look without having to shave and grow it every three days, is already popular in the US."