Alexander Wang has returned to the runway after facing sexual misconduct accusations last year.
The fashion designer presented his “Fortune City” show in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles Tuesday night.
Well-known models such as Alessandra Ambrósio, Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima sported looks from Wang’s 50-look fall/winter 2022 collection which included a mix of crop tops, coordinating two-piece looks, denim pieces, “W”-embroidered accessories and more.
This season’s show celebrated a rich mix of Asian American culture and Wang’s Chinese heritage.
Tuesday night’s show marks his first since June 2019, as well as his first since misconduct allegations came to light from British model Own Mooney who shared a TikTok video revealing that “a really famous fashion designer” groped him in 2017 at a New York City nightclub. Mooney later confirmed that it was Wang.
Following Mooney’s video, other people came forward sharing similar stories related to Wang’s sexual misconduct.
After initially denying the allegations, Wang took to Instagram in March 2021 to post a statement saying that he regretted acting in a way that caused his accusers pain.
“While we disagree on some of the details of these personal interactions, I will set a better example and use my visibility and influence to encourage others to recognize harmful behaviors,” he said.
He concluded the statement by saying “Life is about learning and growth, and now that I know better, I will do better.”
Lisa Bloom, a lawyer who represented several of Wang’s accusers, also issued a statement claiming that Wang and his team met with the alleged victims and “acknowledged” his apology and were “moving forward.”
After initially launching his namesake brand in 2005, Wang went on to receive the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund in 2008. He also served as the creative director at Balenciaga from November 2012 through 2015 and has worked with celebrities such as Rihanna, Lucy Liu and more.