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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Hugo Boss reissuing Michael Jackson’s Thriller suit

Designers at Hugo Boss have marked Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday by reissuing the iconic white suit the King of Pop wore on the cover of Thriller. The fashion house’s tailors came up with the crisp outfit in 1982, and now a limited edition run on th…

Designers at Hugo Boss have marked Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday by reissuing the iconic white suit the King of Pop wore on the cover of Thriller.

The fashion house’s tailors came up with the crisp outfit in 1982, and now a limited edition run on the jacket and trousers is being made.

The look will be slightly updated – the new suit boasts a narrower silhouette and buttons on the jacket cuffs.

Only 100 of the Thriller suits are being made at a price of $1,195 (GBP919) each.

Hugo Boss has also announced the addition of white T-shirts that are modelled on the design of the original suit.

It’s not clear when the outfit will be made available to the public.

Jackson, who died in 2009, would have celebrated his 60th birthday on Wednesday (29Aug18).

The pop superstar’s kids, Prince and Paris, honoured their late father on his birthday at a special event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.

Model and actress Paris, 20, and her filmmaker brother, 21, walked the red carpet at The Michael Jackson Diamond Celebration at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas, and Prince told news show Entertainment Tonight: “Being here today is definitely an awe-inspiring feeling, because our father was the King of Pop and he did so much. He did so much for the music industry, but I think he put emphasis and importance on the charitable contributions to humanity that he really used his platform to (support).”

The event featured a special performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson One show.

Michael’s 60th birthday was also commemorated by his sister Janet, 52, who released her own re-imagined version of the video to his 1992 hit Remember the Time. In the video, made with internet comedy star Kwaylon Rogers, she took on the role of an Egyptian queen – a part originally played by the model Iman in the nine-minute-long original directed by John Singleton.

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Hugo Boss revamps Michael Jackson’s iconic Thriller suit

Hugo Boss is releasing a revamped version of the white suit Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his Thriller album.The record, released in 1982, remains the world’s best-selling album of all time, and is famous for tracks Thriller, Billie Jean and Bea…

Hugo Boss is releasing a revamped version of the white suit Michael Jackson wore on the cover of his Thriller album.

The record, released in 1982, remains the world’s best-selling album of all time, and is famous for tracks Thriller, Billie Jean and Beat It, among others.

The cover artwork is just as iconic as the music, and features a young Michael, who was 24 at the time, reclining on the floor in the white suit layered over a black zipped jacket, with a baby tiger resting on one of his knees.

Now, German label Hugo Boss will be issuing 100 suits, each one numbered, as well as three unisex T-shirts, each featuring a significant moment in the late King of Pop’s career.

As well as the clothes, the luxury brand, along with Sony, has sponsored an exhibition at London’s National Portrait Gallery marking what would have been the singer’s 60th birthday.

Michael, whose father Joe Jackson passed away on Wednesday (27Jun18), died at the age of 50 in 2009 of an accidental overdose of drugs propofol and benzodiazepine.

“When the National Portrait Gallery told us that this artwork was included, it was a no-brainer for us to work with them because, on the cover (of the Thriller album), Michael is wearing the iconic Hugo Boss white suit,” said Hjordis Kettenbach, head of global communications at Hugo Boss, according to WWD. “It’s amazing to have this connection to him.”

Michael Jackson: On the Wall runs from 28 June to 21 October, before moving to Paris.

Adrien Brody, Mark Ronson and Brooklyn Beckham were among the guests at the exhibit’s opening earlier this week.

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