I'm a fan of the skillful and creative LaQuan Smith, at 21 years old, he's one of the fashion industry's brightest new stars. When LaQuan graduated from high school, in 2007, he started interning at BlackBook magazine. Through this opportunity he learned that fashion design was his passion and the rest is history. LaQuan has designed custom pieces for artists including: Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Amber Rose, Aubrey O’day, and many more.
LaQuan debuted his collection during New York Fashion Week to packed audience of exclusive attendees including top fashion press, buyers, celebrities, and of course, The Creative Cookie. His collection has eye-poping metallics, netting, and foam-like materials making fascinating lines and volume in all the right places. Its hard to believe that he's sewing all the pieces from his tiny home studio (which doubles as his bedroom). I can't wait to see what LaQuan creates next season and beyond--he's one young designer to watch.
View LaQuan's runway presentation on YouTube
Read an article about LaQuan in the New York Times
LaQuan's model, post show
LaQuan with the press
photos: © Lesley Williams 2010