Louis Vuitton pull Michael Jackson-inspired clothing amid backlash

Louis Vuitton have pulled its collection of Michael Jackson-inspired clothing following backlash amid sexual abuse accusations surrounding the late singer.Artistic director Virgil Abloh’s fall showcase for the luxury French fashion house took place in …

Louis Vuitton have pulled its collection of Michael Jackson-inspired clothing following backlash amid sexual abuse accusations surrounding the late singer.

Artistic director Virgil Abloh’s fall showcase for the luxury French fashion house took place in January (19), and featured a number of nods to the King of Pop, such as gloves, black leather loafers and a T-shirt with the image of the star’s dancing feet.

However, a week after the catwalk presentation, Dan Reed’s documentary Leaving Neverland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, with the film featuring James Safechuck and Wade Robson making a string of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against Jackson, which reportedly took place when they were young boys.

Louis Vuitton faced backlash for its Jackson-inspired collection amid the controversy surrounding Leaving Neverland, and now Abloh has issued a statement making his position clear.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions,” he said in a statement to WWD. “I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.

“My intention for this show was to refer to Michael Jackson as a pop culture artist. It referred only to his public life that we all know and to his legacy that has influenced a whole generation of artists and designers.”

The fashion house is now planning to pull any pieces “that directly (feature) Michael Jackson elements” from production, with the collection that goes to stores “purely reflecting the true values of the brand and of our artistic director”.

Michael Burke, the chairman and chief executive officer of Louis Vuitton, added in his own statement: “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

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Virgil Abloh ignores Leaving Neverland controversy when discussing Michael Jackson collection

Virgil Abloh has opened up about his Michael Jackson-inspired menswear collection for Louis Vuitton for fall 19, but didn’t touch on the shocking new documentary Leaving Neverland.The 38-year-old artistic director’s second showcase for the luxury Frenc…

Virgil Abloh has opened up about his Michael Jackson-inspired menswear collection for Louis Vuitton for fall 19, but didn’t touch on the shocking new documentary Leaving Neverland.

The 38-year-old artistic director’s second showcase for the luxury French fashion house took place in January, and featured a number of nods to the King of Pop.

Following the presentation, there has been widespread controversy surrounding Jackson after the broadcast of Dan Reed’s new film. It features James Safechuck and Wade Robson making a string of allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse against Jackson, which reportedly took place when they were young boys.

Reflecting on his presentation, Abloh has affirmed that he sought to channel the singer’s “good side (and) his humanitarian self” in the collection, suggesting that he was unaware of the documentary.

“When I have Michael Jackson singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt,” he told The New Yorker. “It’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants.”

The recent fashion show featured a New York sidewalk set, inspired by the Billie Jean video, and the late singer’s influence was particularly clear in the details; gloves, black leather loafers and a T-shirt with the image of the star’s dancing feet.

Prior to the event, invitations were distributed in the form of a single embellished white glove to each guest – a clear allusion to the Thriller star – signed by Abloh and printed with the address at the Jardin des Tuileries.

In a preview of the show, Abloh said that his main objective in dedicating the collection to Jackson was “not to make costume, but to take him as backdrop, to make a point about the humanity in his vision”.

Speaking to the New York Times, he previously referred to Jackson as “the most important person in innovating menswear ever”.

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