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Louis Vuitton's Michael Jackson-Inspo Collection Could Spell Trouble Footwear News

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Mar 14, 2019 5:48 PM 1+ week ago

At Paris' Jardin des Tuileries in mid-January, models at Virgil Abloh's fall '19 menswear show for Louis Vuitton strutted down a runway set against a backdrop reminiscent of the iconic "Billie Jean" music video.

They were dressed in all the trappings of a Michael Jackson-inspired collection, from a T-shirt boasting a graphic of the entertainer's freeze-framed tiptoes to the black leather loafers, matching gloves and military-style coats.

The line was hailed as a success by industry leaders and critics -- but the timing and context couldn't have been more unfortunate. A week after the show, the two-part documentary "Leaving Neverland" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where viewers watched as Wade Robson and James Safechuck alleged horrific sexual abuse at the hands of the late King of Pop himself.

For Abloh, who also founded cult-favorite streetwear label Off-White, the pop culture moment was somewhat of a reckoning. In fact, the debut collection for Louis Vuitton served as a tribute of ...

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