LaQuan Smith hosts a fashion party at the Empire State Building | lifestyle


NEW YORK (AP) – Where are the party girls? On Thursday evening, some were at the Empire State Building, walking down LaQuan Smith’s New York Fashion Week catwalk in seductive blue and white sequin minis, barely one piece and shiny, body-hugging pants.

In his first “See now, buy now” show, the designer welcomed around 200 guests to the landmark’s famous observation deck with a sweeping view of the city while the wind tried to tear off one of his model’s huge black hats.

“This building is a true representation of the dreams of New York City,” Smith told The Associated Press before his evening show. “I’m a native New Yorker and have vivid memories of coming here as a kid. It is a moment when the circle closes. “

And he meant that literally, sending his models to an explicit soundtrack that screams it’s time to celebrate.

“I’m very excited to emphasize what it means to be uncompromisingly sexy. I’m ready to get people out again, ”said Smith.

Kylie Jenner was out there. She made her first public appearance since the unveiling of her pregnancy with baby # 2 in a bespoke Smith catsuit that flaunted her growing tummy from neck to ankle under lace.

On the catwalk, his models – including the outstanding Winnie Harlow – were dressed to let go. Two walked in brilliant white with large, matching poodles. Others carried miniature champagne bottles. A slightly cold looking model showed off a dazzled blue bikini. Smith allowed her to wear a white open robe.

Before heading upstairs, the designer hosted a cocktail party in the landmark’s lobby.

At 33, Smith built his sultry luxury brand after it launched in 2013 and attracted some huge celebrity fans including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Hailey Bieber (accompanied by husband Justin) was wearing Smith’s wool halter dress when she met French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron in June.

His heart remains in New York City, where fashion is everywhere and everything.

“It’s in the subway, in the streets, in the bars, in the nightlife,” said Smith. “New York itself is a fashion moment. It’s a fashion film, from the high-end to the low-tier. “

For this collection, the fashion came in electric blues, sequin whites, and fishnet stockings worn with small bottoms and tiny tops. Cutouts overturned. Cutaways were strategically placed on the waist and stomach, and feather-light jackets wafted in the wind.

Smith sported an edgy black and white print in a group of looks that included a slit skirt below the knee with a matching bra top. He pulled a hood over a seductive, long-sleeved sequined mini that exposed a matching bra. Other models seemed ready for bed, or at least ready to hit the sack. One was wearing a tousled lacy lingerie look in a soft blue.

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Smith announced that his mother had worked for an insurance company in the World Trade Center. She was on maternity leave after his younger brother was born when the towers collapsed.

“It was just a devastating time,” he said. “But I think we have to keep finding reasons to celebrate and honor those we lost.”

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