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.

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What do you think of it, Clutchettes? Do you think Lil Kim and Grace would be proud?


  1. grace jones is still alive….somewhere out there

    • So are you inferring that it is inappropriate to pay homage to someone while they are still alive?

      Just for clarification.

    • no, not at all….but has anybody seen the sister lately?

  2. Grace Jones is looking real……….

    Just saying, well, just, um

    Google her. You’ll see……..

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