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LaQuan Smith Stuns In A Dramatic New York Fashion Week Show On Top Of The Empire State Building – Forbes

The LaQuan Smith collection is modeled at the Empire State Building during New York Fashion Week on … [+] Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Vogue termed the location as ‘dramatic’ and dramatic it was for LaQuan Smith’s fashion house. The spring summer 2021 New York Fashion Week shows haven’t disappointed and tonight Queens born designer LaQuan Smith welcomed guests eighty-six floors up to view his newest collection. The Empire State Building penetrates the New York City skyline and for a time was the tallest building in the world, and tonight the building chose to partner with the designer in its first ever fashion show that has ever taken place. Entering the almost one-hundred-year-old edifice, guests were met with an orchestra playing New York themed hits, like Frank Sinatra’s New York.
Afterpay co-CEO and co-founder Nick Molnar, from left, actor Naomi Watts and fashion designer LaQuan … [+] Smith participate in a New York Fashion Week kickoff event at the Empire State Building on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
An hour before the show guests were entertained by a cocktail hour and Moët Chandon champagne, who sponsored the early part of the evening. Then guests were whisked up elevators to watch the show. With seats wrapping around the observation deck and celebrities from Ciara to image architect Law Roach were all in attendance. Actress Naomi Watts, was at The Empire State Building yesterday for a New York Fashion Week event meeting with the designer.
New York, New York- the audience oohed and awed as two separate models walked down the runway with … [+] poodles with a fanciful hair cut. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
In a fifteen-minute show, quintessential LaQuan Smith signature looks captured the attention of guests with beachy poolside looks starting off the show, to sporty looks mixed into the collection, as well as revealing fitted evening wear looks in one and two pieces. Top models like Winnie Harlow walked in the show as well. Staying within a color palette of cream, light blues, red wines, black and white, the audience oohed and awed when two models walked down the runway with poodles.
New York, New York- Pieces included sporty laid back looks that fit with the pandemic times of work … [+] from home.
LaQuan has dressed women from the Kardashian sisters, to Lady Gaga, Rihanna, and Beyoncé. These women normally attend his show but not this season. Rihanna is getting ready for her Met Gala after party that’s on Monday night. According to Vogue Business, Smith has had an impressive year even during the pandemic where his brand has seen an eighty-percent increase in sales, and he has a new deal with German multinational brand Puma.
Smith is certainly riding a wave of success with collaborations, having several New York Fashion Week sponsors like Moët and Chandon, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Fiji Water, and more. Guest left with gifts bags and vegan desserts from Beatnic.

With a background in International Politics and having worked for a few years in Washington, DC, Ally has found herself in a totally different arena- fashion journalism.

With a background in International Politics and having worked for a few years in Washington, DC, Ally has found herself in a totally different arena- fashion journalism. Ally has developed an eye for couture craftsmanship, as well as learning how to put intricate and detailed collections into words. Ally covers four Paris Fashion Week shows a year, as well as fashion shows by Arab and European maisons, and she has developed relationships with some of the world’s most leading brands. When she’s not writing about fashion, she’s writing about faith-based topics.

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