Models walk the runway for Laquan Smith during New York Fashion Week on Feb. 14, 2018. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows )

There was a definite sizzle on the final day of New York Fashion Week, and it wasn’t due to Valentine’s Day. LaQuan Smith debuted his Fall/Winter collection, and the theme was decidedly sexy.


Evoking the last days of the disco divas, Smith sent his models down the runway in crushed velvet, sparkling spandex and fur in an array of patinated hues—and lots and lots of black. Combining the “debaucherous” glamour of the Studio 54 era with early-’80s excess, too much was definitely not enough at LaQuan Smith.

Smith, a self-taught success story in the fashion industry, debuted his first collection at Fashion Week in 2010. In the years since, his luxury label has been seen on Beyoncé, Rihanna, Serena Williams, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga and the Kardashian clan, among others.

Designer LaQuan Smith greets his guests. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows )

His latest collection is definitely custom-made for celebrity, filled with low-cut necklines, high-cut legs and body-hugging, slit-to-there silhouettes that could seamlessly transition from the runway to a video set. As Smith told Vogue magazine in 2015: “I enjoy the curves of a woman’s body—it’s the ultimate inspiration. I like to think of my brand as a celebration of a woman’s form. Without curves, there would be no sex appeal.”


Presented before an audience filled with the next generation of urban up-and-comers in the fashion and music scenes, the 29-year-old Smith shows no signs of slowing anytime soon. Enjoy the 2018 Fall/Winter collection of LaQuan Smith:

Maiysha Kai is Managing Editor of The Glow Up and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. Minneapolis born, Chicago bred, New York built. Nuance is her superpower.

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