LaQuan Smith Spring-Summer 2024 - New York Fashion Week

LaQuan Smith Spring/Summer 2024 – New York Fashion Week

September 14, 2023

LaQuan Smith, the New York-based fashion designer, known for his audacious designs that enhance the feminine form, recently showcased a breathtaking collection for Spring/Summer 2024. Setting out to achieve a mood that is both ‘sexy and refined,’ Smith has meticulously crafted a collection that speaks volumes about his skill and understanding of the female body. The collection features bold proportions, structured pieces, and a healthy dose of intergalactic glamour, which, according to Smith, are tailored for the woman “on her way to something fabulous.”

The buzz around LaQuan Smith‘s Spring/Summer 2024 collection began even before the first model hit the runway. With Vice President Kamala Harris donning a shimmering gold sequin button-down by Smith at Beyoncé’s Renaissance tour, and Beyoncé herself performing in custom LaQuan Smith in Amsterdam, the anticipation was palpable. Smith’s reputation for hosting celebrity-packed front rows and sleek, high-octane runways further elevated the excitement surrounding the event.

Smith is renowned for his ability to navigate the intricacies of the female form, a skill that he leveraged extensively this season. The collection boasted angular leather tailoring, draped micro dresses, and power mesh fabrications, all demonstrating a profound understanding of the body. The garments were sculpted close to the body, molded to fit and enhance curves, echoing the sentiments of Elvira Hancock from Scarface, who famously asserted, “don’t call me ‘baby,’ I’m not your ‘baby.’

Materials played a significant role in conveying the theme of “intergalactic glamour.” Metallic leathers in vibrant colors were transformed into tiny skorts, shorts, and panties, while crinkly and shiny fabrics evolved into sporty separates and extra-wide cargos. Remarkably, the leather styles were unexpectedly light, validating Smith’s decision to design a spring collection around the material. He wisely complemented the narrative with denim separates, which, he noted, “feel like true American sportswear.”

Although the menswear showcased potential, it lacked a certain finesse. The standout look featured wide, creased jeans styled with a navy blazer and a crisp white button-down, revealing Smith’s prowess in tailoring jackets. As he contemplates formally offering menswear, this is a space he should consider expanding.

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