LaQuan Smith Fall / WINTER 2023 Runway show the house unveiled Menswear in His 80s Glamour-Inspired Fall 2023 Collection. LaQuan Smith shows no sign of stopping his growth as an American designer to watch. As the brand continues its success as an It Girl favourite, Fall 2023 sees the Laquan Simth woman with a new flare for grown women things.
LaQuan Smith Fall / WINTER 2023
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The show opened with Smith’s new taste for tailoring. An asymmetrical LBD inspired by the traditional tuxedo came before an all-black suit featuring a cropped single-button jacket and relaxed single-pleat trousers with a hand-folded silk waistband. Smith’s signature sexy wasn’t far behind, as look 3 was a metallic maxi skirt paired with an equally chromatic balcony bra top. So on trend at the moment.
Champagne and caviar were waiting for guests in the Rainbow Room, where the elaborate show was held, while an iconic scene from Dynasty’s season 6 finale kicked off the presentation. Undoubtedly, the gloriously wealthy and glam Diahann Carroll was on the mood board prepared by Patty Wilson.
In true Dynasty fashion, the clothes are luxe. Dresses, something Smith does well, is done with his usual sexiness. Plunging necklines and keyholes, mesh fabrics, and open backs sashayed down the runway as to be expected.
However, the star this season was not the dress but the trouser. Smith is diving deeper into tailoring. For Fall 2023, he offers a selection of finely tailored suit options, from modernized tuxedo jackets to several solid trousers. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen tailoring from Smith, but it has never looked as precise or considered.
He elevates his glam video girl ethos by building on his signature instead of trying his hand at the classics. Trousers are slung so low they’re almost ‘bumster’ territory—the perfect styling companion, however, for his high-leg bodysuits.
Growth at LaQuan Smith also means exploring new territory. Alongside the second skin, suede suits, and opulent eveningwear lay six men’s looks sharing the same vitality as their women’s counterparts. The outerwear is lush and extensive, ranging in full fur coats and brightly coloured wool options, while the suiting is unique with criss-cross jackets that crop on the sides.
If this season is about Smith’s growth, I’d say he has a ton of fan girls in all shapes and sizes.
Photo Credit LaQuan Smith
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