Abloh Honors Michael Jackson in Louis Vuitton's FW19 Collection

Accompanied by Michael Jackson cover songs playing in the background.

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The much-anticipated follow-up to Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2019 debut is unlikely to disappoint fans of the iconoclastic designer, and may even convert some previous skeptics. For Fall/Winter 2019, Abloh delivered a selection of looks that channeled the spirit of pre-‘00s urban style — boxy suits, graffiti, bright prints, and big cargo pants — updated with undeniable craftsmanship and gender-refuting styling.

Across a rich color palette of washed-out blues, reds and greys, Abloh showcased a variety of billowing silhouettes centered around simple, oversized layers. Enormous textile puffer jackets were emblazoned with embossed monograms, playfully cropped blazers boast exaggerated, blown-out silhouettes and comparatively trim trench coats reached below the knee, with crocodile leather and fur fabrics underlining the premium designs.

The much-hyped Michael Jackson influences were treated with surprising nuance, with more overt nods coming by way of white gloves and a print of MJ’s loafers in mid-lean. More subtle nods included revamped American flag motifs, a possible nod to Jackson’s “United We Stand” performance in 2001, with the draping flag repurposed into long shirts and flowing skirts.

Chunky military-inspired badges adorned bulky fleece outerwear, another subtle nod, this time to one of Jackson’s Bad-era costumes. Purple-drenched separates were informed by Prince as much as the King of Pop — the Purple One was originally intended to appear on Bad‘s title track — while new variations of Abloh’s favored basketball sneakers were abetted by louche loafers; another Jackson favorite.

Check out the looks above and watch the full runway presentation below.

Most recently, LV debuted its ultra-premium “Horizon” earphones.

 

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FW19 by @virgilabloh What a fucking show. Honestly breathtaking. Loved every single second of it. Lots of interesting pieces as well! The GIANT Christopher, Soft Trunk in classic mono, Black and Neon Pink Lace-Plastic Keepalls, lots of full leather stuff, blue Polochon, Mini Steamer in Neon plastic, lots of cutaway vests, Wes??, GLOW IN THE DARK/FIBRE OPTIC??? KEEPALLS. Soooo much to unpack lol I’m tired Virgil. I’m tired. LET ME BREATHE! Stayed tuned for more pictures and details! Thanks to @mrboliu • • • #louisvuitton #lvmen #louisvuittonlover #lv #monogram #dlouisv #luxury #highend #highendfashion #fashion #louisvuittonjapan  #lvsingapore #louisvuittonmalaysia  #ルイヴィトン #louisvuittonparis #louisvuittonbags #louisvuittonph #lvfw19 #lvmenfw19 #virgilabloh Prices and information are all subject to change and should be treated as estimates and guesses. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Copyright © 2018 by LOUIS VUITTON All rights reserved. We are not affiliated, associated, authorised, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Louis Vuitton Malletier, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Louis Vuitton instagram can be found at @louisvuitton. The name “Louis Vuitton” as well as related names, marks, emblems and images are registered trademarks of Louis Vuitton Malletier.

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Job is done!!! #louisvuitton #show #virgilabloh

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