LAQUAN SMITH’S NYFW SHOWS HAVE AGED OVER THE YEARS LIKE FINE WINE
I took my little sisters to their first NYFW runway show and they were in lala land! But I didn’t expect anything less from Laquan Smith. Over the years, the designer’s shows have grown from small and intimate gatherings to large and industry level events. The consistent theme? Electrifying.
Being at a Laquan Smith show is kind of like scrolling through the #blackgirlmagic tag on Instagram IRL.
The amount of beauty, grace and pure regal-ness of the clothes and models, it’s no wonder some of your faves chose his designs when outfitting their milestone moments (think Beyonce OTRII opening outfit)
I am expecting no less from this collection and am floored by the amount of black excellence in the room: Ty Tyrone, Karrueche Tran, Ming Lee Simmons, Kelly Rowland, Lala Vazquez, Shaun D. Ross, Claire Summers, Miss Jay and so many more.
But there’s something different about this particular show, I think to myself as I pass a flurry of fashionable guests while rushing to my seat. I replay all the previous Laquan Smith NYFW shows in my head, to the drum of Miss Kitten’s “Frank Sinatra” which is helping to both soothe and heighten the anticipation while we wait for the start of the show.
It isn’t that the guestlist has tripled in size, or that the models include renowned names like Winnie Harlow and Duckie Thot, or that the collaboration with ASOS is a testament to the Laquan Smith brand’s brand’s semi-mainstream-semi-attainable appeal.
For the SS19 collection, Laquan’s message of empowerment rose above the divisive noise of current affairs. If fashion could express something about the times we are living in, Laquan’s collection says we are beautiful and more importantly we are all “VIP friends” a la Miss Kitten.
Every piece was a reminder of that and included bold shapes, serene fabrics and vibrant colors to help further drift us into this world of strengthened beauty, empowering grace and seizing flair. My favorite looks included the fabrics that paid homage to vintage women criminals, a subtler way of evoking danger which balanced perfectly with the lingerie pieces (#freethenip anyone?).
The glitz and the glam has always been a touch point of Laquan’s but with his SS19 show, he incorporated some grits and relatability. Perfect for the “on the run” metropolis men and women.
Laquan’s shows have glowed up, and his achievements as a designer over the years is something any young entrepreneur can take as a fabulous example of hard work, a great eye, and true talent.
Photo story by Aurelie Delice