Hello, and welcome to Line Sheet. Today’s big story is a candid interview with Alexander Wang, the former wunderkind who has spent the last two-and-a-half years rebuilding his life in the wake of multiple accusations of sexual assault. (Wang eventually met with several of his accusers and the situation was resolved outside of court.) We covered everything from his scandal to the state of his business. Wang’s trajectory, after all, is a microcosm of the fashion industry’s transformation over the past 20 years into a consolidated, pop-culture machine.
Meanwhile, I’ve also got an analysis of the Pinault-wants-to-buy-CAA intrigue, and what to expect from a consummation. If Kering, Group Artémis, or all of the above are interested in a corporate membership, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Puck’s ace brand marketing executive Alex Bigler at firstname.lastname@example.org so she can organize that for you. (We’re high touch like that.)
But first… a brief dispatch from Los Angeles, where fashion people are also feeling the effects of the double whammy of the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
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In his first major interview since his very public scandal, Wang offers a candid history of his career, what went wrong, his view of the business, his Ye ties, and his unspoken yearning to become relevant once again.
To industry insiders, Alexander Wang’s story is a familiar one: A former Teen Vogue and Marc Jacobs intern who launched a high-low cashmere line—a glossier version of indie sleeze—at the age of 21, Wang was one of the biggest stars among...
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