Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson inspired clothes. Louis Vuitton has pulled Michael Jackson inspired clothes from its summer menswear collection in the wake of HBO’s Leaving Neverland, in which two men accuse Jackson of sexually abusing them.
The collection featured pieces inspired by Jackson’s Billie Jean and was unveiled during Paris Fashion Week, receiving rave reviews from critics.
However, in light of the documentary, Louis Vuitton and Virgil Abloh have addressed the backlash from their collection.
According to WWD, LV’s menswear designer Virgil Abloh said: “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 any human rights.”
Louis Vuitton’s CEO Michael Burke added: “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.”
This comes after a recent profile in the New Yorker.
When asked if he heard about the documentary, Abloh replied that he hadn’t and only wanted to focus on “the Michael that I thought was universally accepted, the good side, his humanitarian self.”
Louis Vuitton confirmed that it will not produce any pieces that reference Michael Jackson.
A spokesperson said: “Louis Vuitton will make sure the collection purely reflects the true values of the brand and of our Artistic Director, and also that there is absolutely no item that directly features Michael Jackson elements. The Fall-Winter 2019 Men’s collection has multiple inspirations and will be launched in stores in July.”
Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson inspired clothes