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LaQuan Smith (born 30 August 1988) is a luxury fashion designer who founded womenswear clothing brand LaQuan Smith, LLC. Smith currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and is based in New York City.
Smith was born on 30 August 1988, in Queens, New York. As he grew up he developed a passion for fashion and design but really got into it at the age of 13 when his grandmother passed on her old Singer sewing machine for him to use. From there he began regularly designing and creating garments. In 2007 he graduated from high school and from there he began his career in fashion.
In 2005, Smith applied to the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, but was not accepted. He began interning at the New York magazine BlackBook in 2007, working for celebrity fashion stylist Elizabeth Sulcer, and attended events by pretending to be a BlackBook editor. In 2008, he created his self-titled designer brand.
In February 2010, he made his New York Fashion Week debut at the Society of Illustrators headquarters in Upper East Side. The audience for Smith's 'Water Goddess' show included fashion press, buyers and celebrities. Specifically, the Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley, Vogue style director Alexandra Kotur, Janice Combs, Misa Hylton, Justin Tranter and lawyer L. Londell McMillan. He later presented a Spring-Summer Collection in September 2010.
Smith's collection for the 2011 New York Fashion Week was showcased in the Gramercy Ballroom at the Peninsula Hotel. The collection, titled 'A Story Book Path', was inspired by Marie Antoinette, Cruella De Vil and Queen Elizabeth I. Notable guests included Andre Leon Talley, Diane von Furstenberg, George Malkemus, Sandra Bernhard, Lorenzo Martone, Marcus Samuelsson and L. Londell McMillan. Models walking in the show included Cassie Ventura, Deborah Cox, Jaslene Gonzalez, and Serena Williams Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Nicki Minaj, Christina Milian.
- LEAH CHERNIKOF, February 12, 2010, New York Daily News, Fashion designer LaQuan Smith, from Queens, is 21-year-old Fashion Week virgin, Retrieved Aug. 28, 2014, "Smith ... got his foot in the door scoring an internship with BlackBook magazine, working for fashion editor Elizabeth Sulcer..."
- LaQuan Smith Website
- "A Young Outsider, on the Doorstep", The New York Times, 12 February 2010
- /16/2010-02-16_on_the_scene_vogue_editoratlarge_andre_leon_talley_embraces_laquan_smiths_fashio.html "On the scene: Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley embraces LaQuan Smith's Fashion Week diversity", NY Daily News, 15 February 2010
- "LaQuan Smith’s Over-the-Top Romp Through Versaille, Starring Serena Williams", fashionista.com, 16 September 2010