The Curious Life and Strange Death of a Fashion Insider

The flamboyant Long Nguyen left a powerful creative imprint on an industry slow to accept iconoclasts like him.

Late on Sept. 29, the fashion editor Long Nguyen left his penthouse in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and set out by subway for Chinatown. It was an evening of broken clouds with the first cool hint of autumn in the air, and Mr. Nguyen’s destination was a park that straddles the border between the traditionally Chinese immigrant neighborhood and the Lower East Side.

Sara D. Roosevelt Park, named for the mother of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is a 7.8-acre strip stretching from Houston Street to the part of Canal Street that joins

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