Fashion Week will be more democratic, thanks to the pandemic

On the second day of Fashion Week, Queens-born designer LaQuan Smith, known for his “3D leggings” that celebrities love, plans to show his collection at the Empire State Building.
 
Although admission to the Sept. 9 runway show is by invitation only, fashion lovers around the world can stream the event and then shop Smith’s collection online because of the Fashion Alliance, a partnership forged in the spring between a group of city designers, talent agency IMG and fintech firm Afterpay.
 
“Designers have tested the waters with ‘see now, buy now’ technology in the past,” said Noah Kozlowski, director of global designer relations at IMG, which is leading the alliance. “Coming

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