The designer’s latest collection is all about opulence.
At the Laquan Smith show this year I was surrounded by all things RICH. The Spring Studios space that hosted his FW19 show looked as diverse as the world we live in, except everyone was very expensive and very chic. Even the guest list, which featured a who’s who of fashion excellence (Carine Roitfeld, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Maxwell Osborne, Mobolaji Dawodu, Claire Sulmers, Luka Sabbat, Slick Woods), was the perfect nod to Black History Month and our collective influence, despite the fashion industry’s recent gaffes.
Here I was, surrounded by very expensive taste and bold personalities, in a comfy (and warm) oversized J Crew wool knit sweatshirt paired with my boyfriend jeans and understated Stuart Weitzman pumps surrounded by Chanel boots, Balenciaga Puffer Jackets, MCM bags, and Louis Vuitton glasses. I had opted for minimalist practicality and immediately regretted it.
High fashion me was judging cozy me like:
Clearly my outfit was off theme and I hadn’t realized it completely until the lights dimmed and the first model made her appearance. “You are riiiiiiiiich darling!” – Precious exclaims.
Our MC for the night, Precious, energized me through the entire show as I watched the models take their strides in rhythmic symmetry to the cadence of this omnipresent voice. DIVINE! I experienced Vogue in real life and it was everything Paris is Burning told me it would be: OPULENCE.
The past couple of months, Ariana Grande’s 7 Rings and Cardi B’s Money have been the theme songs of my life. A showmanship of women empowerment through economic freedom at the highest caliber, without male pretense.
Laquan Smith’s FW19 collection was the manifestation of that theme through fashion. The collection was delicate and strong, feminine and empowering, business and sex.
Photo story by Hinton Group