February 19th, 2012
Black Designers, Blacks in Fashion, Fashion Show, Show Review
Show Review: LaQuan Smith Fall 2012
By The Fashion Bomb Staff

23 (!) year-old LaQuan Smith made his debut at New York Fashion Week two years ago, to an audience that included Vogue Editor-at-large André Leon Talley. This is his fourth season at NYFW, and with a guest list boasting names like June Ambrose and stylist Ty Hunter, it seems the buzz around this young designer will not be quieted anytime soon.

LaQuan is an expert at crafting that saucy party attire that is chic and sexy, but never tawdry. This collection is rife with such looks. The designer offered a series of innovative looks in a collection aptly titled “Robotic Dream.” Think Star Trek meets the nightclub: bodycon dresses, sporty jackets, bodysuits, crop tops and flared miniskirts were adorned (or made entirely) with slick, irridescent vinyl sheets coming in green, violet, blue, orange, and pink hues.

Smith offers several worked looks, like a blue strapless vinyl dress that snatches in at the waist and flares out in affected, dimensional pleats. His more monochromatic pieces are ornamented with sheets of molded metal, hanging from hemlines, curving to frame the waist and hips, and accenting turtleneck collars. These sculpted pieces create the futuristic silhouettes which could have easily looked costume-y. Instead, they read as wearable and can easily paired with timeless wardrobe staples.

Of course, Smith is selling to a very particular customer: she’s a young, fashion-forward, loves to party– and has a tight little body. While the clothes are undoubtedly wearable, they’re definitely for a certain crowd. If you’re the type who loves classic elegance, this collection is not for you. However, if you’re looking for edgy party attire, these offerings are right up your alley.

What do you think?

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14 Responses to “Show Review: LaQuan Smith Fall 2012”

  1. Marsha D says:

    Wow….luv this….there’s absolutely nothing here I could or would wear, but he is super talented. Love his work.

  2. LOVE LOVE LOVE!! These designs are AMAZING!! Has a very Futuristic edge to the designs. I love the grey dress with the colour panels. HOTTT

  3. Candace says:

    There are plenty of pieces here that I would wear. But I am a younger woman. Cassie would kill a lot of these looks. I think he is growing, I hope he is able to keep expanding his fan base. I would like to see where he is in five years. Hopefully he breaks out of his mold to really try very different things. But I understand that takes funding.

  4. I like the first outfit.

  5. SHAQ NICHOLE says:

    What a talented guy! His pieces are so innovative!

  6. he is very talented but these designs would’ve been everything a few yrs back due to the futuristic feel…he still gets a round of applause….I am loving the jacket and dresses…I think they would be awesome pieces for performers….I can only imagine how much his work will grow as he gets older and continues the process of perfecting his craft

  7. DivaFabulosa says:

    Very futuristic.

  8. briyt says:

    Loooove this!!!

  9. lolodoll11 says:

    I love the dress in the 3rd pic. Probably the only one I could wear although I love several pieces from the collection. Oh and these ads are driving me insance. I understand Claire “gotta get that paper” but the constant collapsing of ads is starting to get a bit irritating.

  10. sun.kissed says:

    Very creative and daring, but can you sit down in these dresses is the question?

  11. Tamika says:

    I loved this collection, I was there for this presentation, and it looks like one of my photos made it into this post picture #6 to be exact, cool.

  12. Caribbelle says:

    His work is always so theatrical, he walks a fine line but always seems to make it wearable. I like it a lot!

  13. Dameion says:

    I love every piece Eugenia looks AMAZING any girl wearing this stuff is SICKENING!

  14. Sharde Monet says:

    This guy’s talent goes far beyond fashion runways..proof’s in the lining..lol I love him!

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