Young Designer Laquan Smith Makes A Splash With His Spring 2013 Collection At Fashion Week

Laquan Smith is only 23 and yet has already established himself as a supremely talented designer.  Whether inspired by the colors and fluidity of water, or by the garden scenery during his many travels, Laquan produces collections that are beautiful, modern and decidedly feminine.He has a great grasp of the female body, creating silhouettes that elongate the legs and accentuate the curvy form. But the most appealing quality of the Laquan Smith woman is her attitude. She is bold, sassy, adventurous and sensual. She has fun with trends but doesn’t blindly subscribe to them. And she is comfortable in her skin and unafraid to command the most attention in any room she enters.

His Spring 2013 collection, produced after only two years in the fashion industry, is a tribute to that woman. For the designs, Laquan found inspiration from his recent travels to four different countries in last three months:

“This collection is like a rebirth for me. I have traveled to Botswana, Lagos, Nigeria, the British Virgin Islands and Jamaica all in the past few months. Traveling always inspires me from the people I meet to the food to the scenery. The collection is honoring those tranquil places around the world that we often take for granted.”

He was so moved by landscaping he named the collection “Beau Jardin” which means beautiful garden in French. Laquan presented a young, sporty, sexy line of neon dresses, crop tops, metallic crackle skirts, floor-length dresses in peek-a-boo lace and high-waisted hot pants with bold neon piping. Walter Steiger’s cone heeled shoes were the perfect accent.

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Designer Laquan Smith and stylist June Ambrose attend the Laquan Smith Spring 2013 presentation at the Hudson Hotel on September 10, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images)

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