PARIS: Louis Vuitton said Thursday 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.
The brand's men's autumn winter collection, designed by the label's American designer Virgil Abloh, was designed as a homage to Jackson's "prodigious talent".
It was shown at Paris fashion week in January on a spectacular set inspired by his "Billie Jean" video.Abloh — one of fashion's brightest new stars — penned a long tribute to Jackson in his notes for the show and posted a poem he wrote about him to his 3.4 million Instagram followers. He called the singer a "universally relatable marvel. Every person on Earth could mirror themselves in him". But the world's richest brand said Thursday that it would not now make any piece from the collection "that directly features Michael Jackson elements". "I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions," Abloh told the Women's Wear Daily (WWD), the fashion industry's house journal. "I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights," he added.