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LaQuan Smith Doubles Down on Bringing Back Sexy

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LaQuan Smith is not one to shy away from making a statement. Case in point: The New York-based women’s clothing designer’s final show in September took over the Empire State Building for the spectacle of the season. His last venue was a little more understated, but nonetheless exuded opulence: the Down Town Association, often referred to as one of the city’s oldest – and thus most exclusive – private clubs.

Not to be outdone, Smith enlisted It girl of the moment Julia Fox to open the show. Fox stormed the runway in a long-sleeved black dress with a sensuous chest and tummy cuts that hugged her now infamous curves exactly the same. The collection continued with pieces that you can imagine Fox stomping downtown (think: barely-there miniskirts, black stretch bodysuits with ultra-low hip-grazing pants, metallic lycra catsuits, red fur coats, and electric blue sequined mini-dresses you’ll love. just leave you behind.

A lover of unbridled glamour, Smith has raised the bar even higher in this relaunch as New York’s nightlife continues to recover from the pandemic. Women are finally getting dressed and flashing some skin after two years of meeting in a sweat from the comfort of their living room, and getting out means a little more than BC (before COVID). Smith answered the call with tailored tailoring and neutral wool coats, accompanied by slinky knit dresses and cropped shearling jackets with matching minis. Model and Euphoria star Chloe Cherry sauntered down the runway in a lavender cable knit cardigan with an oversized mink collar, paired with matching knit briefs and a skimpy black bra.

Smith’s comfort zone is corseting and emphasizing the feminine shape, and we’re happy to see him take new risks interpreting silhouettes with unusual textiles, most notably in a jumpsuit that fuses sleek black leggings with a perfectly realized brown patent leather. jacket and an exaggerated collar made for a night out. Regardless of the look, skin folds emerge from the cutouts at the waist, hip, plunging neckline, even tummy, something Smith has perfected in the past and found the most success here with a gold lamé dress knotted multiple times to reveal the torso of the wearer.

Styling by Interview creative director Mel Ottenberg brought the collection to life with oversized chunky silver bracelets, hoops and pendants, completing the fantasy of a woman ready to stop traffic with something shiny. The last two looks brought back the lighthouse red previously used in the collection, this time via a gorgeous tulle bolero jacket and a sheer trumpet dress that appeals to exactly the kind of woman who will buy this collection, full of elegant and body-conscious couture that takes no prisoners. and doesn’t suffer from the occasional flash of nipple or panty line, but encourages it. Because why leave anything to the imagination when we’re just imagining that unspeakable feeling of stepping back into the world?

Check out all the looks from LaQuan Smith’s Fall/Winter 2022 collection below.

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Kevin LeBlanc Kevin LeBlanc is the Fashion Associate at ELLE Magazine.

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