“When it comes to women I understand their essence and my designs allow her to make history” – LaQuan Smith
At 22 years old, LaQuan Smith has taken the fashion world by storm and swiftly proven himself to be a major player in women’s ready-to-wear. Although sewing since the age of 13 when his grandmother gave him a Singer sewing machine as a Christmas gift, it wasn’t until 2008, after a tough battle with cancer, that he began to truly explore his design talents.
After graduating from high school Smith decided to use his own wits to break into the fashion world. Using a little bit of hustle and a great deal of talent, LaQuan Smith got an internship with Balckbook Magazine in New York City. Through his connections at the magazine he would find out about exclusive fashion events and show up wearing his own designs. After creating a small buzz for himself, Smith got his big break, debuting his collection at the Society of Illustrators gallery during New York Fall Fashion Week in February 2010. Word of Smith’s Balenciaga-inspired tops, neoprene dresses and ruffled denim jackets spread and he was soon creating custom pieces for top celebrities and supermodels including Tyra Banks, Selita Ebanks, Rihanna, and Alicia Keys just to name a few.
The following Fashion Week season in September 2010, Smith got major press with celebrity guest models Cassie, Deborah Cox, and Serena Williams wearing his designs in an intimate showing. This is when I was first introduced to the young talent; watch this video from his Spring/Summer 2011 collection entitled ” A Storybook Path” and choose which of his designs is your favorite!
LaQuan Smith has received the F.O.C.U.S. for Life Service Award for surviving cancer and not letting the trauma of such an experience hold him back from his passion. His success has allowed him to showcase his collection both domestically and internationally with fashion shows in Atlanta, Georgia | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Athens, Greece | The Cayman Islands | Johannesburg, South Africa | Dakar, Senegal | Bogota, Colombia | and The British Virgin Islands. Take a quick look at the finale from his runway show at Semana Internacional de la Moda de Bogotá 2011 (via Fashion Radical News)
To learn more about Laquan Smith, view past & present collections, watch more interviews, and stay up-to-date with what he is doing, you should follow him on Twitter @LaQuanSmith — become a fan on Facebook — & visit www.laquansmith.com