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LaQuan Smith wows on New York Fashion Week runway

New York City, Sep 11 (EFE).- American designer LaQuan Smith’s New York Fashion Week show on Monday attracted attention with his transparent and metallic garments, and imitation crocodile skin.

Smith, a favorite of celebrities from Lady Gaga to the Kardashians for his sensual red carpet and stage dresses, packed such a crowd into the Manhattan loft chosen for the show that the action was delayed nearly an hour.

After poses from celebrities such as rapper Saweetie, actress Laverne Cox and designer Kimora Lee Simmons, the lights went out and a blind was raised at the back of the room, giving way to models on which was projected a powerful spotlight.

The collection celebrated the female silhouette and generally covered just enough to show off as much leg and stomach as possible, with long tight dresses and sets of miniskirts and crop tops, with sky-high heels.

Smith focused on the finishes: sheer mesh under which matching underwear was visible, on dresses, T-shirts and bodysuits; and metallic fabrics in structured dresses; voluminous jackets, and in short skirts with trains.

The imitation crocodile skin was the star – it was seen in short jackets and long trench coats with a wide belt, in midi skirts, and also wide pants for men, and in white, dark blue and green.

The most casual style, inspired by the trend of the 2000s, nicknamed Y2K, was seen in wide jeans with side pockets, which the designer combined with silver thread tops.

Smith, a 35-year-old African-American from New York’s Queens neighborhood, attracted a legion of followers who cheered him when he came out at the end followed by the models.

Among the models were several pioneers who also won recognition from the public, such as Alton Mason, the first Black male model to sign with Chanel, and Adut Akech, who after working for Saint Laurent was awarded “Model of the Year” twice in a row.

Smith’s career has not been short: at 13 he learned to sew with his grandmother’s Singer and he started designing until in 2008 when he launched his brand, which superstars such as Beyoncé have trusted for their performances, as well as other celebrities at galas such as Cannes and amFAR.

“I’ve followed him since he started, and I’m sure he’s going to continue to succeed: he’ll end up designing for Gucci or Tom Ford – you’ll see,” said an attendee sitting in the front row after the show. EFE


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