Black Influential Designers
by Alexandra Phanor-Faury
In celebration of both Black History Month and New York Fashion Week, Essence.com is paying homage to the great designers of the past, present and future whose unique perspective has helped shaped the fashion landscape.
21-year-old designer LaQuan Smith may not be a household name but his outrageous creations have been worn by two of today’s biggest stars and current fashion misfits: Rihanna and Lady Gaga. With friends like those, it’s impossible not to create a crazy buzz. This NYFW was Smith’s first time revealing his collection at fashion’s biggest event of the year. Smith’s statement, curve-hugging designs are heavy on the sex appeal and edge. Think tight, tube metallic dresses and vinyl harem cut jumpsuits. Expect big things from this soon-to-be fashion star.