Laquan Smith, the New York-based designer, who boasts fans in celebrities like Andre Leon Talley and Rihanna, finds inspiration in varied places for his collections. One season, he selected a water goddess as his muse; another he was inspired by his travels and a particularly beautiful garden in France. This season, his point of reference is closer to our hearts: Bond Girls, ’90s Lil Kim and Grace Jones (her character Strangé in “Boomerang”).
The outcome is just as deliciously bold as unapologetically sexy as you’d expect. In a color palette of black and white (save for red Walter Steiger pumps and a single red sheath dress), Laquan showed a laser-cut leather turtleneck jumpsuit, a tight white pencil skirt decorated with the “Laquan Smith” name in patent leather lettering and a crop top and high waisted skirt in star print.
His collection took a more conservative turn with a long sleeve minidress and a belted coat with fur accents on the hem, sleeves and cuff. We’d imagine it’d be what Lil Kim or Grace Jones might wear if they ever had to attend a corporate office party.
Known for his attention to detail, Laquan worked the beauty look into his bad-ass inspiration as the models rocked upswept pin curls for a retro feel with a sassy dark plum lip for a contemporary flair. He completed the look with cool black and white nails that featured the season’s hottest nail art.