Alexander Wang Stages His First Los Angeles Show in Chinatown

First things first: We’d be remiss to not acknowledge that the last time we heard from designer Alexander Wang, it was during the fallout from accusations of sexual misconduct. After denying the allegations, the designer later released a public apology and then met with his accusers in private; their lawyer, Lisa Bloom, subsequently released a statement that the accusers acknowledged Wang’s apology and were moving forward. 

So last night he staged something of a “comeback”—and a savvily orchestrated one at that. For a designer known for his cheeky spirit, Wang played it safe: He was unavailable for interviews and he staged an open-to-the-public show far from his New York stomping ground, in Los Angeles’s Chinatown district. The whole event was titled “Fortune City” and, as such, leaned into the designer’s Chinese heritage—a theme, it should be noted, he had been exploring since before the pandemic and the accusations against him.

Before Tuesday’s show, he shut down a particularly iconic plaza in the neighborhood—neon lights, pagoda-style architecture, hanging red lanterns—and guests were invited to peruse the local vendors for souvenirs like jade buddhas and beckoning cat figurines, along with skewered meats and sweet treats. Proceeds from the sales of a limited-edition T-shirt plus an undisclosed amount were donated to Chinatown Corporation, an organization dedicated to preservation and restoration of the area.

Guests at the Alexander Wang’s Fortune City event. Photo: Mark Luckasavage/Courtesy of Alexander Wang 

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