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?