PARIS : Designer gives ode to Michael Jackson at Paris Fashion Week. Louis Vuitton's designer  Virgil Abloh transported celebrity guests at Paris Fashion Week to graffitied streets of New York in a dramatic menswear ode to Michael Jackson.

Abloh, the first African-American to head a major European Fashion house, used his unique platform Thursday to celebrate one of America's most globally recognized and celebrated black performers.

Here are some highlights of Thursday's fall-winter shows.

Model Naomi Campbell and actors Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton seemed amazed to discover a reconstructed cityscape that evoked the the King of Pop's famed music video, all inside the Tuileries Gardens.

A young, skinny actor resembling the late Jackson as a boy drew applause as he ran and danced across the impressive set of a poor New York neighboorhood.

No detail was spared.

Guests clutched their show invites that comprised a single bejeweled white glove, as their eyes were led past a Chinese business store, New York street signs, sidewalks littered with dead leaves, and a barber shop ending a saxophonist playing on the street.

Campbell nodded to the beat of the soundtrack - an infectious checklist of Jackson's greatest hits that had that had some humming well after the show had ended.

''It's Micheal Jackson. My hero,'' she exclaimed.

Vuitton's Abloh revists Jackson.

It was the flamboyance of Michael Jackson as seen through the classical prism of Louis Vuitton.

The silhouettes  of some of the late stars's most eye-popping looks were taken by Abloh and revisited in a slightly more oared-down style.

A military jacket and large sash  -that might have come across overly showy  -were designed in a tasteful pearl-gray monochrome cashmere.

Elsewhere,, a giant-cropped jacket with stiff padded lapels was saved from the excess with soft charcoal flannel twill.

The signature layering of the singer who died in 2009, was ubiquitous, in the 64-piece parade that went from the subtle to the not so subtle toward the end.

An overlaid silver parka coat in aluminum foil leather and a silver safety vest were among the most literal of the Jackson odes and recalled some of hos most spectacular concert performances, as did the models who wore jeweled gloves.

Later in the show, Abloh made a series of prints based on a cartoon in Jackson's 1978 film ''The Wiz'' that became a cult classic among black audiences.

Abloh called his hero, Jackson, ''the universal symbol of unity on the planet.''
Though touching, the collection could have perhaps done without the scarf shirts fashioned out of  global flags that came across as a tad busy and somewhat obvious. [Agencies]


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