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Fashion designer Lacan Smith’s bold clothing promotes “women’s empowerment”

ST. Queen’s Albans (WABC)-Lacan Smith is known for his bold designs, which he points out as “everything about women’s empowerment.”

I’m not a fashion expert, so I rely on my WWD friends to let me know what’s happening on the runways of the world. And now, it’s not as hot as the designers of the St. Albans section of Queens learned how to make their own clothes.

Smith said one theme of apologetic charm was pervasive throughout his line, and that now is a great time to showcase his design.

“This is an opportunity and a great time to really celebrate sensuality,” he said. “I know we’re trapped in our house in pajamas and terry cloth. Now it’s time to reveal our bodies.”

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And that’s exactly what happened at his recent show at Fashion Week.

“He seems to be a topic of town,” said Alex Badia, WWD’s style director.

Badia said the topic began last fall during Smith’s show at the observation deck near the top of the Empire State Building.

“He was the first designer to appear there,” Badia said. “It’s not easy to display at the top of the Empire State Building. There’s nothing better to get New York.”

Born and raised in Queens, Smith uses the soul of New York City for his designs.

“Rough city, ripping and running, edgy city,” he said.

Given his current success, this man, one of the city’s most popular designers, learned that fashionistas were rejected by schools that traditionally learned their crafts. I was surprised.

“I’m self-taught,” he said, saying his grandmother taught him “how to sew and make patterns.”

He grew up watching the award show with his mother, paying particular attention to the arrival of the red carpet, and was excited about the fine dresses, saying, “That’s what I want to make!”

The famous Jennifer Lopez dress worn by Jennifer Lopez for the Grammy Awards in 2000 inspired him to become a designer.

Now he meets his moments along the cutting edge of fashion.

“I love her curves, her appearance, and most importantly, the woman who loves to show off her skin,” he said, showing off his dress. “It’s a little peeping moment that’s happening behind you, as you can see behind.”

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Style clues add to the signature look.

“Women in Lacan Smith are the focus of attention,” he said. “She represents her femininity, sensuality, and the charm of everything.”

Glamor is undoubtedly a big return as the pandemic virtual fashion show has replaced face-to-face events.

And no one is as happy about it as this native New Yorker. Remember the name: LaQuan Smith. Check out his designs and then wear them … if you have the courage.

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Fashion designer Lacan Smith’s bold clothing promotes “women’s empowerment”

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