The latest collection for the design will become an it-girl uniform, inspired by New York nightlife: fresh, young, and sexy.
Smith’s distinctive work sparked the interest of fashion icons and celebrities known as risk-takers, like Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Kim Kardashian. LaQuan Smith has captured the attention of the most daring fashionistas who are always seeking out new creative minds and statement pieces.
Since its formal debut in 2013, this brand has received acclaim thanks to its distinct garments. Smith has cultivated a clientele that spans the globe, from Queens (where he was born) to London. In the FW22 collection he presented yesterday at NY Fashion Week, he gave us notoriously sexy looks, but not before asking for a moment of silence for André Leon Talley, the former editor of US Vogue, who changed the fashion industry thanks to his style and unconditional support for Black creators.
The first look came down the runway on Julia Fox, the it-girl of the moment and Kanye West’s (recent) ex-girlfriend, who was wearing an ultra-fitted turtleneck, cutout dress. “This collection was really about the revival of New York City and celebrating life again,” said Smith. “I wanted to create a collection that gave women a sense of hope and celebration.”
Without a doubt, Smith wants it to be a sexy, fun fall–with a dose of edgy glamour, of course. This meant plenty of sequined looks, fabulous mink coats, and extremely short skirts–a modern take on the Studio 54 aesthetic. There were lots of nuetrals, contrasted with gold, red, y and electric blue. Jumpsuits covered in sequins or mink were paired with low-rise pants that exposed the hipbones. The dresses were short with deep V-necklines, and leather pants had zippers that were a nod to biker jackets.
My favorites included a lavender knit ensemble with a black bralette and a mink-collar coat. It was super sexy, comfortable, and Instagrammable. I also loved two red looks: one paired a transparent bodysuit with a flamenco-inspired skirt and the other was a tight long-sleeved dress paired with a fur hat that brought to mind the style of Pamela Anderson in the 90s. And of course, the jumpsuits! My favorites were the gold one with sequins and a camel color one with draping and cutouts. Finally, I loved the set comprised of pants and a bomber jacket, both covered in red sequins.
“I’m offering pieces that are timeless—that women could incorporate and be the center of attention in whenever they go out,” said Smith, in addition to adding that his clients do not want basic garments. I couldn’t agree more: after being in lockdown for so long, no one wants basic. At least not me!