Eponymous NYC fashion label LaQuan Smith has become a household name as of late, with his distinctive bold designs and sleek edge. LaQuan Smith was born and raised in Queens, New York, and had begun tapping into his sartorial talents soon after his grandma taught him how to sew from a young age, from which he discovered a passion for pattern making. Smith launched his brand in 2013 at the age of 21, and has since earned the recognition and admiration of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, J. Lo, Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian to name a few. Smith has also made the Forbes 30 Under 30 list back in 2018, making $500,000 that year with no debt.
He draws inspiration from strong New York women, “I was really inspired by a tough woman. I’m inspired by a woman who is heartbroken and ready to regain her confidence and bad b*tch-ness,” he shares backstage his New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2020 show. “The collection is super tough and it feels more modern than ever.” Smith dropped a highly successful unisex capsule collection in collaboration with ASOS back in 2018, proving his versatility in creating both glamorously alluring red carpet looks as well as affordable everyday garbs. A champion of rule-breaking designs, celebrating fearlessness and unapologetically sexy self-expression.
LaQuan Smith made waves during NYFW with his Neo-Goth themed show full of sultry, futuristic looks, including chic bodices, sheer catsuits, a chainmail slip dress, oversized quilted coats coupled with matching thigh-high boots, structural blazer dresses, statement accessories and killer hairstyles. The show opened with the first model emerging from a front row seat rather than entering from back-of-house, in true eccentric LQS style.
Smith’s concept for his NYFW collaborative runway collection with heritage denim brand Jordache was “unapologetically sexy” and timeless strength, centred around onyx black, “the colour that never dies.” In an interview with Forbes Magazine, Smith details that his current muse is a woman who appreciates glamour and is “not afraid to dress up in the middle of the day just to run her errands like a boss woman should.” A femme fatale fervour permeated the catwalk. As Vibe Magazine notes, the designer’s all-black looks “would make any fast fashion soldier switch over to the luxurious side.”
The standout visionary diversifying fashion with his next-level inclusive pieces hasn’t always had it easy, in an interview with Elle Magazine, he reflects on his highs, lows and resilience throughout his career so far, sharing “I did a major show [in 2011] entitled ‘The Storybook Path’ that was a little bit too progressive. As designers, we have our peaks and lows, but you have to bounce back. It’s creativity. It doesn’t mean you can’t create again.” Smith shares that the common thread stringing together his avid and diverse clientele is a shred desire for both luxury and modernity, “the clothes are ageless. My clients can go from 25 years old to 45 years old. There’s a happy medium in the collection that can cater to a broad range of women,” he explains. “But no matter the age. the Laquan Smith woman has a great sense of taste in terms of quality and craftsmanship. She’s bold, fearless and confident in her femininity. She can be any age but has a youthful spirit.”