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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