Virgil Abloh Reimagines Michael Jackson’s Penny Loafers With New Shoes

From the white diamante glove that served as the invitation to the New York streetscape set, Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton fall ’19 show, which was presented today in Paris’ Jardin des Tuileries, was entirely dedicated to Michael Jackson. Even the title, “Sliding Backwards Slowly,” was a reference to the music legend’s famous Moonwalk.

Few things epitomize the musician more than the penny loafers that he wore to perform the iconic move. Abloh delivered his own take with the Pin Lock loafer, which came in tactile wool flannel, suede or leather in a color palette of black, charcoal, pearl, stone, camel and heather gray. The tonal shades mirrored those of the ready-to-wear. Each featured a chain detail across the upper and some came teamed with those trademark white socks. There was also a red pair for luck.

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Michael Jackson-inspired penny loafers on the runway at Louis Vuitton’s fall ’19 menswear show.
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The loafers alternated with new iterations of the LV skate sneaker that Abloh debuted for spring ’19. They came in similar colorways and fabrications to the loafers with the addition of white, red and purple. One group towards the end even glowed in the dark when they killed the lights.

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Red sneakers at Louis Vuitton’s fall ’19 men’s show.
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Like last season, the designer issued all showgoers with a pamphlet titled “The vocabulary according to Virgil Abloh,” and within it, a glossary of terms. S was for shoes, “the wardrobe component most immediately indicative of an era of movement.”

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Octavian on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton fall ’19 men’s.
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The collection’s two key shoe models both complemented and acted as a foil for Abloh’s tailored collection.

Abloh confirmed the Michael Jackson theme in December. And in light of the news, Browns Fashion menswear buyer Thom Scherdel anticipated that there would be a great deal of black and white in the collection, but nothing’s that clear cut with Abloh. Instead, there were shades of gray.

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A model wears an all-gray look at Louis Vuitton’s fall ’19 men’s show.
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Click through the gallery to see the full Louis Vuitton fall ’19 men’s collection.

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