Louis Vuitton pulls “direct” Michael Jackson references from collection

Louis Vuitton pulls “direct” Michael Jackson references from collection

Louis Vuitton has decided not to produce any item that “directly
features Michael Jackson elements” in the wake of Leaving
, the HBO documentary aired earlier this month. The film
features claims by Wade Robson and James Safechuck that Jackson sexually
abused them when they were children. The sexual encounters are described in
disturbing detail.

Louis Vuitton’s latest menswear collection, unveiled at Paris Fashion Week in January, paid
homage to Jackson with nods to several pieces he wore throughout his
career, such as the iconic jewel-encrusted gloves and the three-zip leather
jacket from Beat It. Artistic Director Virgil Abloh said at the time that Jackson was “the most important person in innovating
menswear ever” and “an universally relatable marvel. Every person on Earth
could mirror themselves in him”.

“I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused
emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence
or infringement against human rights”, said Abloh in a statement to WWD on Thursday. “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”. In an
interview with New Yorker, the designer said he was not aware of the documentary
when creating the collection.

Louis Vuitton pulls “direct” Michael Jackson references from collection

Companies look to distance themselves from Michael Jackson following
HBO documentary

Louis Vuitton isn’t the only fashion brand honoring Michael Jackson in
recent times. In August, Hugo Boss celebrated the singer’s birthday (he would have
turned 60 last year, if still alive) by recreating the white Hugo Boss suit
the popstar wore on the cover of his 1982 album Thriller. The
German label also released a three-piece T-shirt capsule and
sponsored a Michael Jackson exhibition at
London’s National Portrait Gallery.

Since June will mark the 10th anniversary of Jackson’s death, it
wouldn’t be surprising if other fashion brands were also considering to pay
homage to the popstar, who topped Forbes’ list of highest earning dead
celebrities in 2018 at 400 million US dollars. While die hard fans refuse
to watch the documentary and even took to the streets to protest its
broadcast in the UK, it looks like public opinion about Jackson is changing
and companies are looking to distance themselves from him.

Since the film’s release, several radio stations around the world have
banned his music, Starbucks pledged to remove his tracks from the playlists
used across the coffee chain, The Simpsons’ producers pulled an
episode featuring Jackson’s voice from streaming services and Manchester’s
National Football Museum removed a statue of Jackson from its premises.

Picture: Louis Vuitton AW19,; courtesy of Hugo


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