The designer’s latest collection is all about opulence.
Laquan Smith’s FW19 show looked as diverse as the world we live in, except everyone in this world is very expensive and very chic. The guest list, which featured a who’s who of fashion excellence, included Carine Roitfeld, Kerby Jean-Raymond, Maxwell Osborne, Mobolaji Dawodu, Claire Sulmers, Luka Sabbat, Slick Woods, and a slew of other bigger than life personalities. I read that as the perfect nod to Black History Month and our collective influence, despite the industry’s recent gaffes.
While I was proud to be in this room, I couldn’t help but feel a little self-conscious. In a sea of Chanel boots, Balenciaga Puffer Jackets, MCM bags, and Louis Vuitton glasses, I had opted for minimalist practicality and combined my oversized J Crew wool knit sweatshirt with a pair of light wash boyfriend jeans and understated Stuart Weitzman pumps.
High fashion me was judging cozy me like:
Clearly, my outfit was off theme but I hadn’t completely realized it until the lights dimmed and the first model made her appearance. “You are riiiiiiiiich darling!” – an omnipresent voice exclaimed.
Our MC for the night, Precious, energized the models while they took their strides in rhythmic symmetry to the cadence of his voice. I experienced Vogue in real life and luxury and it was everything Paris is Burning told me it would be: OPULENCE.
Laquan Smith’s FW19 collection was a showmanship of women empowerment through economic freedom and bravada and featured silhouettes that were both delicate and strong, feminine and fierce, business and sex.
Peep the O-P-U-L-E-N-C-E below:
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