Virgil Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' at Louis Vuitton

Virgil Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' at Louis Vuitton

For his second collection at the French mega-house, Virgil Abloh drew clear inspiration from Michael Jackson on the FW19 runway.

For his second collection at the French mega-house, Virgil Abloh drew clear inspiration from Michael Jackson on the FW19 runway.

Text: Paul Madley

Virgil Abloh, Louis Vuitton’s Menswear Artistic Director presented his Autumn / Winter 2019 collection at the Jardin des Tuileries on Thursday in Paris. The show was an homage to Pop Megastar Michael Jackson. The inspiration was clear, Abloh sent white gloves in lieu of the traditional paper invites. As the crowds entered Michael Jackson’s music filled the space against the backdrop of a set, which was a city landscape reminiscent of 1980’s New York (traffic lights, trash cans, roads signs, fire hydrants, and a barber shop).

Live music took over from Jackson’s hits as Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) created an original composition for the runway. Abloh's love of music was obvious in this show, he is also a DJ and producer. Abloh is known for merging fashion and music together, in fact Dev Hynes has even walked at Abloh’s colorful debut Louis Vuitton show back last year.

In front row attendance was Naomi Campbell who got the 80’s memo, Naomi wowed in a tonal look. The show began with an army of grey looks, it featured a plenty of coats, jackets (quilted and puffer) relaxed tailoring paired with sneakers. Abloh also took on the classic items such as the trench which was shown in various colors. The show moved onto colors of silver, lilac and lavender before returning to tonal looks of all black.

There was a huge focus on oversized backpacks and holdalls. Abloh reimagined the classic Louis Vuitton staple for today’s hype driven consumer, he presented bags of blue, purple, pink and fluorescent green. The looks progressed into natural tones and then browns before the show cumulated in a celebration of color, unity and identity. Abloh sent models down the runway draped in flags of various countries (an ode to MJ’s, We Are the World). Paving stones from the runway also light up (a reference to Jackson's Billie Jean music video) as did the models sneakers and backpacks.

Abloh's has only just started at Louis Vuitton’s Menswear top position and he has already proven to be a huge commercial and artistic success.

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