The Empire State Building Partners With New York Designer LaQuan Smith To Host Its First-Ever Fashion Show This Thursday, Sept. 9

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VOGUE says: “The most dramatic NYFW venue”

The Empire State Building announced a partnership with famed New York City designer LaQuan Smith to create the city’s most iconic catwalk for New York Fashion Week. This Thursday, Sept. 9, the Queens-born native New Yorker will get the keys to the World’s Most Famous Building – named “the most dramatic NYFW venue” by VOGUE – to showcase his Spring/Summer 2022 collection to an elite group of fashion’s most desired guests, as models strut in the first-ever fashion show held in the centre of New York City’s skyline.

A model poses in the Empire State Building lobby (L); The Empire State Building lights mint for NYFW (M); A model lays on a desk in the Empire State Building lobby (R).

Showing at the Empire State Building this season is a huge moment in fashion, not only for the brand but it holds a very special place in my heart, said Smith. I am born and raised in New York and to be able to show my Spring/Summer 2022 collection at the icon of New York City really feels like a full circle moment for me. The Empire State Building celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and I will be the first designer in history to host a show there. The timing just felt so right to celebrate not only its 90th anniversary but also a revival of fashion and live runway shows in New York City.

A notable name in luxury fashion, LaQuan Smith’s womenswear designs are lauded by icons like Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and the Kardashians, who regularly attend his shows. A show like this has never taken place in the history of the Empire State Building, which throughout 2021 celebrates its 90th anniversary with a series of firsts.

The Empire State Building is the international icon of New York City, and she is honoured to bring Fashion Week to new heights with LaQuan Smith’s spectacular show, said Stacey-Ann Hosang, VP, branding and media relations at Empire State Realty Trust. This is the first time we have ever closed our world-famous Observatory for such an event, and we are excited that we do so to celebrate the achievements of another native New Yorker.

The invitation-only event will begin at 9 p.m. More information on LaQuan Smith can be found online; more information about the Empire State Building and its Observatory Experience can be found at