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Skipped town this week? Want to avoid the madding crowd, the crush at the tents, the interminable waiting, and combative seat-stealers? This season, more shows than ever before are being streamed live online—and if you're keen to see what some of your favorite designers are up to for Spring 2011, it's entirely possible they'll be broadcasting directly to the comfort of your own couch. Here's a round-up of sites to check out:
First Comes Fashion: Created by some of the team behind Full Frontal Fashion, firstcomesfashion.com will be livestreaming 30 runway shows—including some of the majors, such as Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, and Isaac Mizrahi.
Stylelist: AOL's fashion website Stylelist will be livestreaming almost 40 shows—nearly all the shows scheduled to take place at the Chelsea MAC/Milk Studios space, including designers such as Billy Reid and Costello Tagliapietra.
Style.com: Now that in-house competitor Vogue.com has launched, Style.com is kicking their fashion coverage up a notch with dedicated livestreams of 15 shows—including 3.1 Phillip Lim and Proenza Schouler.
Some designers have even taken media in their own hands this season—Betsey Johnson will be livestreaming the show directly to betseyjohnson.com and Marc Jacobs will be livestreaming both collection and Marc by Marc to marcjacobs.com. We'll keep you posted when we hear about more designers setting up streams on their websites—watch this space.
· Technology gives everyone a great seat at shows [NY Times]