AS a means of disguise, it could hardly be described as 'incognito'.
While a huge floppy sunhat may have kept Micahel Jackson's face hidden, three inch pointed heels, skinny fit women's jeans and fluorescent orange handbag did little to aid his bid for anonymity.
The 48-year-old singer made a typically flamboyant appearance in St Tropez, during his latest trip abroad.
Jackson, who was acquitted on child molestation charges last year, is currently holidaying on the French Riviera, accompanied by his three young children.
The star is understood to be in the South of France as a guest of his friend and benefactor, Prince Alwaleed - a nephew of Saudi Arabia’s King Fahd - on his private yacht, Kingdom 5KR.
After tottering through the backstreets of the exclusive coastal village, a weary-looking Jackson stopped off roadside for a little rest, and to shelter from the 28 degree heat.
Here, accompanied by the girl believed to be his 8-year-old daughter Paris, he petted an aide's dog and fiddled with his bright blue hat.
It is the first time that one of Jackson's children has been spotted out in public without a veil.
But in keeping with Jackson's love of the eccentric, Paris - full name Paris Michael Katherine Jackson - was dressed almost identically to her famous father.
Perhaps wisely, however, the youngster shunned the impracticability of heels, opting instead for far more comfortable flat-soled trainers.
Of course, Jackson is no stranger to women's clothes.
During a trip to Ireland earlier this year the singer, who has been staying with Bahrain's royal family since being acquitted, arrived at Cork airport under layers of effeminate scarves and drapes.
And in January he wore an abaya - traditional garb for Muslim women - in the Arab state of Bahrain where he has been based for the past 12 months.
But more embarrassingly, Jackson was reportedly found dressed as a woman, applying makeup in the ladies' toilet, during a recent shopping trip.
Speaking at the time, his spokesman claimed it was a simple mistake - Jackson was unable to read the Arabic sign saying 'Ladies'.
Jackson's holiday is thought to mark the end of his long-running legal battle with his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe over custody of their children Prince Michael, 9, and Paris, 8.
Although details of the settlement have not been made public yet, they are rumoured to contain the true parentage of his third child, four-year- old Prince Michael II, mysteriously nicknamed 'Blanket'.
-PICS VIA FADED YOUTH / TEXT VIA NEWS.COM.AU