By JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr., AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After taking a break amid sexual assault allegations, fashion designer Alexander Wang’s return to the catwalk was greeted with adoration at his highly anticipated show in Los Angeles.
Some shouted “This is amazing” and “I love this” while others applauded Wang’s collection of 50 looks for her “Fortune City” fashion show which celebrated Asian-American culture in the historic district of Chinatown Tuesday night.
The crowd’s admiration was a welcome sight for Wang, who held his first show since 2019 just before several people accused him of sexually assaulting and drugging male and transgender models.
Wang initially denied the allegations – which first came in late 2020 – calling them “baseless”. Last year he said in a statement that he disagreed with some of the accuser’s details, adding that he would “set a better example” as a public figure.
The accusations tarnished Wang’s brand, but did not completely cripple her, especially in China. He still dressed popular personalities like Rihanna and Julia Fox when exiting a recent campaign with Lucy Liu. His brand is still distributed in some major retailers.
Tuesday night’s event received support from 800 guests who lined up to enter Wang’s show, where a red floodlight covered the Central Plaza area. It was a sensational event with stars like Kimora Lee Simmons and Lisa Rinna sitting in the front row while others like rappers Gunna and Coi Leray, actor Harry Hemlin, K-pop singer CL and model Behtai Prinsloo -Levine watched the 15 minute show. .
Wang incorporated models of different ethnicities and sizes – including a pregnant Adriana Lima who received most of the applause for walking down the runway with her baby bump on display. The models sported a variety of pieces with shades of indigo and maroon, denim and leather coats, a red velvet tracksuit, chunky wools trimmed down to bike shorts, cropped tops and oversized wool coats.
When the show ended, Wang ran onto the stage with a big smile, greeted the attendees – who were mostly dressed in black – before rushing backstage. The show ended with a heavy dose of red-colored confetti cascading over everyone, creating a party atmosphere – especially for those who attended the Asian night which featured a market with local food vendors.
At the market, Wang had cameras following him all the time. He had many people who greeted him with handshakes, hugs and compliments on his work.
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