Virgil Abloh struck gold again at the Louis Vuitton Mens Fall/Winter show in Paris yesterday. Undoubtedly the most anticipated show of the fashion week, the collection was an ode to Michael Jackson and his influence across all fields.
The story was set with a live band, on a replica of the Billie Jean set, even down to the legendary light up floor. Skepta, legendary LV art-collaborator Takashi Murakami, Naomi Campbell, Kid Cudi and DJ Siobhan Bell – all laced in Louis Vuitton vintage and new – sat front row in support. Abloh recruited newcomers Alton Mason, Montell Martin, Bakarr and Sheck Wes to sport to garms.
For one of the standout pieces, Virgil incorporated the signature LV Monogram logo, bag straps and leather for a regal MJ inspired jacket. Also, embossed monogram jackets, and big bags perfect for the big racks and stacks we’re all going for in 2019. Tones of stone and ash-grey were a ongoing theme for many of the styles.
We all remember Michael Jackson’s ability to shine and finesse, and the designs showcased this perfectly from sparkly embellished sweaters to distressed wide brim hats. Not forgetting the classic Smooth Criminal gangster-style tailoring, and MJ’s edgy sophistication that Virgil translated well for this era. Even the show invite was a homage to the unforgettable MJ glove. Virgil made sure to stay on point and on message by adding the Ghanaian and US flag to some of the designs.
What echoed most is the reminder of how much of a creative dreamer Michael was. A genius storyteller. A black man who created, directed, envisioned and entertained for the world without compromise. Against all odds. Of course, we can draw parallels to Virgil’s new vision for Louis Vuitton Menswear. And perhaps ourselves: a reminder to be servants of greatness at all costs.