Streetwear king Abloh and King of Pop Michael Jackson at PFW
Virgil Abloh and Naomi Campbell. Images courtesy of Louis Vuitton
This is only the second collection Virgil Abloh’s created for Louis Vuitton menswear, but we could see from the number of celebrity guests that attended his catwalk show at the Paris Fashion Week Men’s Fall 2019, that he’s already become the crowd’s darling.
J Balvin, Sita Abellan, Offset, JJ Lin, Takanori Iwata
Abloh’s new collection is a tribute to the late King of Pop Micheal Jackson. From the invitation that was one single white studded glove to the choice of the soundtrack and scenography, you could find references to the star throughout the show.
In a note that each guest received as they sat, the designer wrote about the singer’s evolution from his humble beginnings in Indiana, to becoming the most recognisable star on earth and a beacon for universality and love with his “We are the World” charity single, among others. “The boy inspired a cultural revolution that still reverberates today,“ wrote Abloh.
Delphine Arnault and Virgil Abloh
The set was a street corner of New York at night, with its shops, graffitis and discarded furniture and rubbish which reminded Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video, and like in the iconic music clip, the pavement stones lit up as the models walked by. There was a live installation by graffiti artist, and the soundtrack was performed live by the Devonté Hynes, AKA Blood Orange, and sang by Mikey Freedom.
Skepta, Naomi Campbell, Jenke Ahmed Tailly, Takashi Murakami
The Vip guest, including Naomi Campbell, with a new hairstyle, rappers Skepta, Kid Cudi, Offset and Gunna, the artist Takashi Murakami to mention just a few, sat on recreated concrete steps in front of the closed houses and shops of the street/catwalk, facing the rest of the guests thus becoming part of the scenography.
Kris Wu, Joel Edgerton, Natalia Vodianova and Antoine Arnault
The streetwear guru chose to open the fall show with several tailored looks with new proportions and a lot of layering; longer vests were layered under jackets and bombers, puffer vests, oversized shearling coats with monogram motif and crocodile trench coats, and pleated skirts that were worn over trousers. You can check here the highlights of LV fall 2019.
There were many references to the Moon Walk creator, Michael Jackson. Models wore crystal-studded gloves, like the one that became Jackson's trademark. The loafers he famously used to wear with white socks and cropped pants, replaced the kickers that are already Abloh's signature. The loafers also appeared on a T-shirt, with an image of Jackson’s toe-stand dance move. The military jackets the singer loved so much could be perceived in the outwear silhouettes, and his desire for equality and universality appeared in leather outfits with a patchwork of flags representing all the different nationalities of Abloh’s team and also, Jackson’s home state, Indiana.
The bags were gorgeous, and we will surely steal them from men ASAP. Alright, maybe not the oversized backpack, I would feel a bit silly going around with my house on my back, plus, there's only so much makeup one can carry.
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