Louis Vuitton drop Michael Jackson clothes from new collection


Paris, France | AFP | by Fiachra GIBBONS

Louis Vuitton said Thursday they were pulling Michael Jackson-themed clothes from a new collection in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary which revived claims that the singer sexually abused children.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 05, 2009 US popstar Michael Jackson addresses a press conference at the O2 arena in London. – Louis Vuitton said on March 14, 2019 they were pulling Michael Jackson-themed clothes from a new collection in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary which revived claims that the singer sexually abused children. The brand’s men’s autumn winter collection, designed by the label’s black American designer Virgil Abloh, was designed as a hommage to Jackson’s “prodigious talent”. (Photo by Carl DE SOUZA / AFP)

The brand’s men’s autumn winter collection, designed by the label’s American designer Virgil Abloh, was designed as a hommage to Jackson’s “prodigious talent”.

It was shown at Paris fashion week in January on a spectacular set inspired by his “Billie Jean” video.

Abloh — one of fashion’s brightest new stars — penned a long tribute to Jackson in his notes for the show and posted a poem he wrote about him to his 3.4 million Instagram followers.

He called the singer a “universally relatable marvel. Every person on Earth could mirror themselves in him”.

But the world’s richest brand said Thursday that it would not now make any piece from the collection “that directly features Michael Jackson elements”.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions,” Abloh told the Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), the fashion industry’s house journal.

“I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights,” he added.

  • ‘Troubling and disturbing’ –
    The collection, only Abloh’s second for Vuitton, featured a black T-shirt printed with Jackson’s trademark shoes and white socks as well as takes on the legendary three-zip red jacket worn by the late singer in the video for his megahit “Beat It”.

The invitation to the show was a sparkly Michael Jackson white glove, several variations of which also made the catwalk.

Related:
Katie Holmes Says She’s Still Developing Her Style: ‘It Takes Longer Than You Think’

The collection also included a string of looks inspired by “The Wiz”, the 1978 all-black musical version of “The Wizard of Oz” in which Jackson starred.

The flag of the singer’s home state, Indiana, was also emblazoned on one of Abloh’s coats.

The clothes were not meant to go on sale until later this year.

The label said that “Leaving Neverland”, which features two men who claimed Jackson sexually abused them for years, had caused the French fashion house “the greatest pain”.

“We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” it added in a statement issued to WWD but which it refused to release to AFP.

“Leaving Neverland” has broken streaming records in Britain and prompted radio stations from Australia to Canada to drop Jackson’s music from their playlists.

The creators of “The Simpsons” also shelved one of the animated series’ classic episodes because it features Michael Jackson’s voice.

fg/har

© Agence France-Presse


Like it? Share with your friends!

0

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
0
hate
confused confused
0
confused
fail fail
0
fail
fun fun
0
fun
geeky geeky
0
geeky
love love
0
love
lol lol
0
lol
omg omg
0
omg
win win
0
win

0 Comments

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format