Meet the hot young designer behind Rihanna
The fashion canada goose factory outlet world’s newest darling doesn’t come with a posh pedigree or fancy diploma in fact, he was rejected from top style schools FIT and Parsons.
Still, in just a few short years, 27 year old LaQuan Smith has managed canadian goose jacket to make a name for himself, designing outfits for the canada goose https://www.bamschaatsteam.nl outlet online likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Kim canada goose outlet shop Kardashian and Kendall Jenner.
“I was self taught,” Smith tells The Post. “The same way a kid breaks [down] a car canada goose outlet toronto factory and puts it together canada goose clearance again, I would rip the seams of my mom’s old dresses and figure out how [they were] made.”
The St. Albans, Queens, native purchased his first patterns at a nearby Walmart when he was 13, stitching together designs using a sewing machine given Canada Goose Jackets to him by his grandmother.
Practicing on clothes bound for canada goose outlet store Goodwill, Smith built up enough confidence to be the only featured designer at his IS 59 junior high school talent show in Springfield Gardens.
“I wrote a letter to the principal explaining why we should have a fashion show,” recalls Smith. “So canada goose outlet he gave me a budget of $150. On the weekends, he’d travel to New York to meet with customers and sell pieces Canada Goose Parka to them.
After graduating from high school in 2007 and ignoring his mother’s canada goose outlet reviews pleas to attend community college Smith moved to New York for good, taking internships in the fashion departments at New York magazine and BlackBook, which helped him cut his teeth in cheap canada goose the sartorial world. In 2009 when he was only 21 years old he took a leap of faith and launched his eponymous line.
Smith landed his first celebrity cheap canada goose client Lady Gaga that same year, when the pop star heard about him through word of mouth. “She wore these 3 D
laser cut metallic leggings [I made],” he says.
He followed up that success with a custom made catsuit for Rihanna’s “Rude official canada goose outlet Boy” video in 2010. In the past year, Beyonc wore his black and white bodysuit to the launch of hubby Jay Z’s streaming music service Tidal, canada goose clearance sale and Kim Kardashian wore his black fishnet dress to a yacht party in Cannes. In September and perhaps most famously Rihanna donned his green mesh maxidress while performing in Brazil, racking up 610,000 likes on Instagram.
He’s also garnering cool kid cred in the mainstream world, landing a recent profile in the New Yorker.
“There are times when I do sketches for Beyonc, and she loves them so much canada goose buy canada goose jacket cheap outlet parka that she requests to see 20 more options,” says Smith. “It’s cool to think that she is wearing a piece to an intimate dinner with Jay Z with no paparazzi around.”
Despite his boldface following, Smith is still surprised when he learns a celeb is a fan of his creations like when Kendall Jenner wore one of his wool wrap skirts to sister Kylie’s birthday cheap Canada Goose party in August. “I thought somebody died.”
For his spring collection, which he’s showing on Sunday at New York Fashion Week, Smith says his inspiration is “hunter glam” think “army chic.” “Every collection has to be better than the last,” he says.
Kourtney Kardashian, Hannah Bronfman and Kim Kardashian in LaQuan Smith looksSplash News; Getty Images; Jackson Lee
Now with a workspace in Long Island City, the designer, whose threads are sold at Esti’s boutique in Midwood, Brooklyn, says the LaQuan Smith ideal is a fearless woman who’s comfortable flaunting her sexuality.
“She is the canada goose outlet new york city personification of what is modern,” says Smith.
And no, Smith doesn’t hold a grudge against the schools that rejected him he’s even been invited back as a speaker.
“When FIT reached out to me it was like, ‘Really you canada goose store want me to what?’ ” he says. “But I felt it was important to tell the students that I was not accepted to the school. My message was about following your dream despite the obstacles. canada goose outlet jackets The key to figuring things out is how to move on.”.