Alexander Wang branded a 'stain on New York'February 11, 2023
Alexander Wang is branded a ‘stain on New York’ as he holds his first show in the city since being accused of sexually assaulting ten men and a trans woman – as Julia Fox DEFENDS her decision to model for him
- Alexander Wang made his return to New York Fashion Week this week
- It was his first show since 11 people accused him of sexual assault in 2020
- Julia Fox walked in the show as Vogue Editor Anna Wintour sat in the front row
Fallen fashion icon and former Balenciaga creative director Alexander Wang is back in the spotlight after he held his first New York City show since he was accused of sexually assaulting 11 people in 2020.
This comes as actress and model Julia Fox seemed to defend her decision to walk in the New York Fashion Week show titled Cupid’s Door. Items from the show will become available starting May 2023.
On Wednesday, Wang had models such as Fox and Gabriette Bechtel showing off his latest creations. The show as not widely publicized and was not included in the official guide to NYFW, despite this 150 people, including Anna Wintour who was sat in the front row, attended.
His last show in the Big Apple took place in 2019. Wang’s last public show was in LA in April 2022. In the wake of the New York show, one commenter wrote on Twitter, ‘Alexander Wang is a stain on NYFW.’
Julia Fox appeared to defend Wang on Twitter writing, ‘2b frank i love cancel culture but we do need to leave room for rehabilitation & for those who put in the work & heal & learn from their mistakes.’
Alexander Wang, pictured here during his last show in Los Angeles in April 2022, has not put on a show in the Big Apple since 11 people accused him of sexual assault
Julia Fox attends the Jonathan Simkhai show during New York Fashion Week
At least one Julia Fox fan account appeared to disavow the Uncut Gems star over her association with Wang. In the summer of 2022, Fox and Wang were spotted having dinner together in Manhattan.
A Vogue review of Wednesday’s show read in part, ‘Recapturing that heat won’t be easy, but when he came bounding out from backstage and made his trademark running bow you knew he was going to give it his best shot.’
Speaking about the show to Complex, Wang said, ‘New York has always been home, but one of the most exciting things about New York right now is that it’s going through this renaissance with a lot of new energy and new people coming in.’
The 39-year-old fashion designer has maintained that he never touched anyone inappropriately as at least 11 people came forward with allegations against him since December 2020.
The slew of allegations began with model and graphic designer Owen Mooney who took to TikTok to share his encounter with Wang in 2017, describing how he ‘froze’ when Wang allegedly groped his crotch during a concert in New York City.
Mooney’s account was among more than a dozen included in Instagram and Twitter posts by industry watchdog Sh*t Model Management (SMM), the majority of which were shared through screenshots of allegations sent in by anonymous users.
Some of the accusers, which included transgender men and women and cisgender men, told stories resembling Mooney’s. Others claimed that Wang drugged their drinks with MDMA without their knowledge.
Wang released a statement denying the ‘grotesquely false’ claims in January – but that didn’t stop others from coming forward.
Numerous claims have been made after model and graphic designer Owen Mooney, left, took to TikTok to share his encounter with Wang in 2017, describing how he ‘froze’ when Wang allegedly groped his crotch during a concert in New York City. An accuser by the name of Nick (pictured) came forward in December with allegations against Wang
In February 2021, fashion design student Keaton Bullen alleged that he was sexually assaulted by Wang at the Fishbowl club in Midtown Manhattan on August 24, 2019.
Bullen, who says he was with a friend, claimed he and Wang first talked about their alma mater, Parsons School of Design, before Wang invited them to his table.
He alleges that Wang offered them vodka before getting them to the dance floor and unzipping his pants.
‘All of a sudden he unzipped my trousers, put his hands in my pants and started grabbing my penis in front of a bunch of people,’ Bullen told the BBC at the time.
‘I completely froze. He then said: “I want to take you home with me,”‘ Bullen alleged.
Bullen said he was taken aback and ‘removed myself from the situation as fast as possible.’
Wang released a statement acknowledging the sexual assault allegations against him and promising to ‘do better’
The accuser’s lawyer Lisa Bloom said her clients ‘acknowledge[d] Mr. Wang’s apology’ and ‘are moving forward’
Wang’s lawyer, Paul Tweed, told the BBC that he is waiting for surveillance footage from the club, which he said ‘his client believes will totally disprove this allegation.’
Another allegation was made by DJ Gia Garrison, 24, who claimed that she met Wang in the VIP area of the club Slake in Manhattan in February 2017.
She told BBC that she was ‘dancing near him when he reached out his hand, grabbed my bikini bottoms and dragged it downward in front of everyone’.
‘As a trans woman with discomfort about certain parts of myself that I’ve since grown to love, I don’t want someone to expose my entire body like that,’ she said.
In March 2021, Wang released a statement on Instagram acknowledging the sexual assault allegations against him and promising to ‘do better’.
Wang struck a more apologetic tone in the social media post, where he said he supports the accusers’ right to come forward but still refused to admit wrongdoing.
Another allegation was made by DJ Gia Garrison (pictured), 24, who claimed that she met Wang at Slake in Manhattan in February 2017. She claimed she was ‘dancing near him when he reached out his hand, grabbed my bikini bottoms and dragged it downward’
A number of individuals have come forward recently to raise claims against me regarding my past personal behavior,’ Wang wrote.
‘I support their right to come forward, and I’ve listened carefully to what they had to say. It was not easy for them to share their stories, and I regret acting in a way that caused them 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.
‘Life is about learning and growth, and now that I know better, I will do better.’
His representatives later released text messages that appeared to demonstrate that he had a consensual relationship with at least one of his accusers.
His accuser’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom revealed that same month that Wang secretly met her clients and apologized.
Bloom said that her clients had ‘[spoken] their truth’ to the fashion designer and ‘expressed their pain and hurt’ in the meeting with Wang.
She said they ‘acknowledge[d] Mr. Wang’s apology’ and ‘are moving forward.’
The attorney declined to say if Wang made any financial settlements with the accusers.
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