LaQuan Smith is chief executive officer and head designer of LaQuan Smith LLC, a women’s ready-to-wear brand he founded in 2010.
Originally from St. Albans, Queens, he began his career simply teaching himself how to sew at a young age with the help of his grandmother. At the age of 22, the talented designer launched his first collection during New York Fashion Week. The brand is exclusively manufactured in Long Island City, NY with custom patterns and fabrics designed by Smith. The designer now works out of a beautiful design studio in Queens.
More recently, Smith was tapped by The Joffrey Ballet to design the lead costume for Jeremy McQueen’s The Black Iris.Smith serves as a trendsetter by dressing Hollywood’s elite.
Pop star and fashion’s it girl, Rihanna wore one of Smith’s gold-sequined jumpsuits on her “Rude Boy” video. Lady Gaga has worn his gilded fishnet leggings, as have members of Semi Precious Weapons, a band that tours with her. Recently, he was selected by Beyonce to create a custom beaded bodysuit for her “On The Run” tour. LaQuan Smith has also become the designer of choice for many celebrities like Ariana Grande, Alexa Chung, Dakota Fanning, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Avril Levine, Ciara and Tyra Banks, who appreciate statement looks with high quality craftsmanship.
Top-tier media outlets have praised the risk-taking designer for his flamboyant shapes, serpentine seams and sequins with fun textures that complements a woman’s curves. Smith has showcased his brand both domestically and internationally with shows and events in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Athens, Cayman Islands, South and West Africa, LA, New York and Paris.
COLLECTION SHOWCASED @ KWFW 2015