Recently, Louis Vuitton officially said that they were pulling Michael Jackson-themed clothes from a new collection in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” documentary which revived claims that the singer sexually abused children. Their men’s autumn winter collection, designed by the label’s American designer Virgil Abloh, was designed as a homage to Jackson’s “prodigious talent”.
He called the singer a “universally relatable marvel. Every person on Earth could mirror themselves in him”.
But Louis Vuitton said that it would not now make any piece from the collection “that directly features Michael Jackson elements”.
The invitation to the show was a sparkly Michael Jackson white glove, several variations of which also made the catwalk. The collection also included a string of looks inspired by “The Wiz”, the 1978 all-black musical version of “The Wizard of Oz” in which Jackson starred.
The flag of the singer’s home state, Indiana, was also emblazoned on one of Abloh’s coats. The clothes were not meant to go on sale until later this year. The label said that “Leaving Neverland”, which features 2 men who claimed Jackson sexually abused them for years, had caused the French fashion house “the greatest pain”. “Leaving Neverland” has broken streaming records in Britain and prompted radio stations from Australia to Canada to drop Jackson’s music from their playlists.