Paris Jackson ‘will never forget’ walking in Jean Paul Gaultier’s final show

Paris Jackson will “never forget” making her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.The French designer announced his retirement plans earlier this month and went out with a bang by holding a star-studded party-like fashion presentatio…

Paris Jackson will “never forget” making her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s final couture show.

The French designer announced his retirement plans earlier this month and went out with a bang by holding a star-studded party-like fashion presentation during Paris Couture Week last week.

Models such as Irina Shayk, Gigi and Bella Hadid, and Karlie Kloss took to the runway at the Theatre du Chatelet, but the most surprising member of the catwalk line-up was Paris, who rocked a ’60s-inspired bohemian chic look which was comprised of a printed robe with a long train, a psychedelic patterned top, colourful snakeskin trousers, and wedge platform sandals.

Speaking to Miss Vogue about the experience, the actress/musician confessed how nervous she was during the casting process and just before her walk.

“I was very nervous during the casting, but once I had the final look on it felt pretty natural,” she explained. “I had been doing a few walks for Jean Paul when he said, ‘I’ll see you tomorrow.’ I almost screamed out of excitement, as that was his way of letting me know I got it. The whole experience is one I’ll never forget.

“I was very nervous during the moments leading up to the walk, but once I stepped out there, all the anxiety faded away. The rush I got afterwards was similar to the one I get when I get off stage after performing with my band.”

Paris, who is the daughter of Michael Jackson, shared that she hopes to do more catwalk shows in the future and will always be grateful for being part of such an epic fashion moment.

“I’m truly grateful to have been a part of such a memorable and legendary night that will most definitely go down in fashion history,” the 21-year-old added.

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Bohemian Rhapsody producer to tackle Michael Jackson biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to …

Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King is to make a film about the life of Michael Jackson.

GK Films has secured the rights from the King of Pop’s estate to make the biopic, and the movie will have unprecedented access to all of his music, according to Deadline.

Three-time Oscar-nominated writer John Logan, who wrote the screenplays for Skyfall and Gladiator, has been hired to write the script.

King has previously worked with Logan on movies such as Hugo, Rango and Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, which was a biopic of aviation businessman and film director Howard Hughes and followed the billionaire’s rise to huge success and his mental health issues.

Editors at Deadline report that the film will include all details of Jackson’s complex and controversial life, which ended with his death in June 2009 at the age of 50.

The pop icon began his career with his four brothers in The Jackson 5, before going on to create classic pop albums pop as Thriller, Off the Wall and Bad.

Jackson’s life was mired with controversy, and he was embroiled in several allegations of child abuse, some of which were documented in this year’s Emmy-winning HBO film Leaving Neverland.

Fresh from the success of last year’s biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – which landed leading man Rami Malek a Best Actor Oscar – King and his production company recently signed a deal to showcase the story of disco legends the Bee Gees.

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Taika Waititi exits film about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles

Taika Waititi has pulled out of a planned animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles.The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker and Mark Gustafson signed on to co-direct the project back in February 2017, with the rights later acquired by bosses at Ne…

Taika Waititi has pulled out of a planned animated movie about Michael Jackson’s chimpanzee Bubbles.

The Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker and Mark Gustafson signed on to co-direct the project back in February 2017, with the rights later acquired by bosses at Netflix for a reported $20 million (£15 million).

However, editors at website Cartoon Brew reported on Thursday that Waititi was abandoning Bubbles due to scheduling conflicts, as he is also currently developing a live-action version of Japanese graphic novel Akira.

In addition, it was reported that Netflix is dropping the film from its slate too, as it was no longer a good fit for the streaming service without Waititi attached.

Written by Isaac Adamson, the script for Bubbles topped The Black List – an annual survey of “most liked” screenplays not yet produced – in 2015. The concept was focused on exploring Jackson’s life from Bubble’s perspective, and when he first announced his commitment to the movie, Waititi explained that he was “fascinated” by the idea.

“I’m not interested in making a biopic; I want to focus on telling a story that blends fact and fantasy, about an animal trying to make sense of the world,” the 43-year-old commented. “This film is not about Michael Jackson because that’s not a story for me to tell – or a story I’d be comfortable telling – it’s about a chimpanzee’s fascinating journey through the complex jungle of human life… I think animation is the only way to approach a story like this.”

Yet, Gustafson recently dropped out of co-directing Bubbles so he could focus on working on Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pinocchio project, and in an interview with Deadline earlier this month, Waititi admitted that the feature was moving at a slow pace.

“That script has been around for a long time, and it’s a little bit stuck in the early stages of trying to figure out what it could be and what it would look like. It’s a f**king brilliant script, though,” he stated.

New Zealand-born Waititi has now completed production on his latest film Jojo Rabbit, and also helmed an episode of upcoming Star Wars series The Mandalorian.

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Virgil Abloh called out for lack of diversity at Off-White bash

Virgil Abloh has come under fire from fans online who called out the lack of diversity at his Off-White brand’s Christmas party.The American designer, who is artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the Off-White label, which…

Virgil Abloh has come under fire from fans online who called out the lack of diversity at his Off-White brand’s Christmas party.

The American designer, who is artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection and CEO of the Off-White label, which he founded, took to his Instagram Stories on Tuesday (30Apr19) to share a series of snaps from the festive bash held in Milan last year.

While the 38-year-old posted pictures of various teams working on the brand, users were quick to spot the lack of diversity within the all-white team, and took to the comments of his latest Instagram post to call out the star.

“So you clearly don’t believe in diversity,” one fan commented, while another slammed the star for being a “fraud”.

“Milan has over three million ppl and has the most multicultural, diverse ethnic group of ppl in Italy,” another suggested. “There are plenty of talented, black, creative ppl to choose from.”

“Address the issue at hand don’t try to cool your way out of this, you can’t just give us black models and think its fine, you talk about black history too much for this,” a fourth fan commented.

The backlash comes shortly after the fashion mogul faced criticism for his Michael Jackson-inspired menswear collection for Louis Vuitton, which he debuted in January.

Following the string of allegations made against the Thriller hitmaker in the controversial Leaving Neverland documentary, the designer was forced to apologise and ultimately pulled the collection.

“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.

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Leaving Neverland director hoping to release Michael Jackson abuse trial movie

Director Dan Reed is looking to release a follow-up to his shocking Leaving Neverland documentary, which will focus on 2005 Michael Jackson abuse trial. His film, which details the sexual abuse James Safechuck and Wade Robson allegedly suffered at the…

Director Dan Reed is looking to release a follow-up to his shocking Leaving Neverland documentary, which will focus on 2005 Michael Jackson abuse trial.

His film, which details the sexual abuse James Safechuck and Wade Robson allegedly suffered at the hands of Jackson as children, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah back in January (19) and it has since aired in the U.S. and U.K. to criticism from members of the Jackson family and legal threats from the King of Pop’s estate officials.

But, undeterred, the filmmaker now wants to pick up the story where he left off and make a movie about the trial surrounding accusations the pop superstar molested 13-year-old Gavin Arvizo.

“The film I would really like to make following this one is the trial of Michael Jackson,” Reed tells Film School Rejects. “I could only do that if the victim and his family participate.

“If Gavin Arvizo and his family would agree to participate, I would very much like to tell the story of that trial. I think it’s fascinating and astonishing that Michael was acquitted. The way that happened is an amazing story and one that should be told.”

Arvizo has largely avoided the spotlight since the trial, with a family friend, Louise Palanker, telling The Wrap a year ago (Mar18) he has no wish to revisit his relationship with Jackson publicly.

“He doesn’t really want to talk about it right now,” Palanker said. “He just wants to become a man and have a family and a career and not have this be the standout portion of who he is.”

Meanwhile, the Jackson family and the late singer’s estate officials are still trying to discredit Reed, calling his film a “lurid production”.

“This so-called ‘documentary’ is just another rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” a statement to Entertainment Tonight reads. “It’s baffling why any credible filmmaker would involve himself with this project.”

The estate officials have also filed a $100 million (£75.7 million) lawsuit against HBO, the network behind the project.

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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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Paris Jackson unveils Led Zeppelin-inspired arm tattoos

Paris Jackson has had four large Led Zeppelin-inspired tattoos inked on one arm.The actress/singer, who is the daughter of late music icon Michael Jackson, already has a number of tattoos, including a pair of feathers behind her right ear, an image of …

Paris Jackson has had four large Led Zeppelin-inspired tattoos inked on one arm.

The actress/singer, who is the daughter of late music icon Michael Jackson, already has a number of tattoos, including a pair of feathers behind her right ear, an image of a stag’s head on the back of her right forearm, and a colourful chakra tattoo down the centre of her torso.

However, Paris has now added to her collection with a tribute to English rock band Led Zeppelin, choosing to get the four symbols from the group’s untitled 1971 album.

“Was planning for a few months on just getting zoso but then I said f**k it and (sic),” she captioned a snap of her new body art on her Instagram Stories on Tuesday (29Jan19).

Paris also tagged @tattoomania25 in her post, which the link referring to West Hollywood tattoo studio Tattoo Mania. None of the artists at the studio have yet posted about her bold inkings.

At the top of her arm, the 20-year-old has Jimmy Page’s “Zoso” symbol, with the design followed by John Paul Jones’ triquetra motif, John Bonham’s three interlocking rings symbol, as well as Robert Plant’s feather inside a circle.

Paris did not share any further details about the tattoos or their significance. Though earlier this month (Jan19), she announced that she had decided to take some time out from the public eye after several news outlets reported that she was seeking help for her mental and emotional health at a live-in treatment facility.

She later took to Instagram to update her fans and shared that she was feeling “better than ever” and working on new music after taking a short break.

“yes i’ve taken a break from work and social media and my phone because it can be too much sometimes, and everyone deserves a break, but i am happy and healthy and feeling better than ever…!” the star wrote alongside a photo of her holding a dog. “i have some new music (I’m) stoked to share with y’all…! hope you guys’ new year started out with lots of love and light and all the things. i’ll be back soon (sic)!!”

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Virgil Abloh honours Michael Jackson with Louis Vuitton fall 19 men’s line

Virgil Abloh has paid homage to Michael Jackson with his latest men’s collection for Louis Vuitton.The designer, who also helms streetwear label Off-White, presented his fall/winter 2019 for the French luxury giant at the Tuileries Garden as part of Pa…

Virgil Abloh has paid homage to Michael Jackson with his latest men’s collection for Louis Vuitton.

The designer, who also helms streetwear label Off-White, presented his fall/winter 2019 for the French luxury giant at the Tuileries Garden as part of Paris Fashion Week: Men’s on Thursday (17Jan19), with celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Natalia Vodianova, Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Offset, J Balvin, and Kid Cudi all perched on the front row.

As guests held their show invite, a single white glove like Jackson famously wore, they entered the venue to find a backdrop evocative of some of the King of Pop’s cityscape music videos.

Highlighting the theme even further in his show notes, Abloh described Jackson, who died at the age of 50 in 2009, as his musical hero and “the universal symbol of unity on the planet”.

To kick off the presentation, a male model walked down the runway in a boxy grey suit while carrying a matching oversized grey leather carryall, with a parade of grey ensembles following, including a quilted jacket featuring the Louis Vuitton monogram, and a grey knit jumper patterned with the stars and stripes of the American flag.

Abloh interspersed the collection with head-to-toe black and silver ensembles and injected a pop of colour via the addition of royal purple wool coats and shirts decorated with bibs, while a series of shirts and sweaters were printed with cartoon versions of the characters in Jackson’s 1978 musical film The Wiz.

However, the influence of Jackson’s iconic costumes was especially evident in militaristic jackets and coats, glittery sweaters which were matched with black trousers and white gloves, a grey knit sweater with a globe emblem, as well as a black T-shirt with a motif of the Billie Jean hitmaker’s famed black dancing shoes and white socks.

To close out the show, Abloh included a range of shirts, jackets and trench coats decorated with flags of the world – perhaps a nod to We Are the World, the tune penned by Jackson and Lionel Richie in 1985.

Previously, Abloh shared in a chat with Interview magazine that he listens to Jackson’s music as he works in the Louis Vuitton studio and it was particularly influencing his creative process of late.

“My next Louis Vuitton collection is going to be based on Michael Jackson, and when I have Michael singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt, it’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants. Music is key,” the 38-year-old commented.

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Virgil Abloh working on Michael Jackson-inspired collection

Virgil Abloh is planning a Louis Vuitton collection influenced by late King of Pop Michael Jackson.Music fan Virgil recently chatted with Interview magazine about how he loves to have tunes blaring when he’s creating in his studio, and shared that Mich…

Virgil Abloh is planning a Louis Vuitton collection influenced by late King of Pop Michael Jackson.

Music fan Virgil recently chatted with Interview magazine about how he loves to have tunes blaring when he’s creating in his studio, and shared that Michael’s songs are having a particular influence on him right now.

“I can’t work in my studio without music,” he told the publication. “I don’t like silence. I’m listening to John Coltrane. I’m listening to Miles Davis. But I’m also listening to whatever new rap is coming out that week. I have teams in Milan, Italy, London, and America, so as long as I have a fully charged iPhone, I feel like I can change the world. I’m talking on that phone, but I’m also constantly listening to music.

“My next Louis Vuitton collection is going to be based on Michael Jackson, and when I have Michael singing in the background, it’s a different type of shirt, it’s a different kind of boot, it’s a different fit of pants. Music is key.”

The Off-White founder, who won the Urban Luxe prize at The Fashion Awards 2018 on Monday night (10Dec18), took over from Kim Jones as the artistic director of menswear at the French label in March.

For the Interview piece, Virgil also interviewed Young Thug, along with editor Thom Bettridge, with the trio talking about how the face of fashion has drastically changed in recent years.

“When me and Kanye (West) first went to fashion shows, they wouldn’t let us in,” Virgil recalled. “We’d have to get back in the car and drive around the block. Now this collective of us is the whole culture. How we wear clothes and how we make our art is what rock ‘n’ roll was for previous generations.

“We are the ones extending it,” the Ride for Me rapper added.

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