LaQuan Smith Takes Over Essex Street Market for NYFW

The best looks from the designer’s spring-summer 2024 collection
The LaQuan Smith runway show during New York Fashion Week.

The LaQuan Smith runway show during New York Fashion Week.

There are a handful of collections I eagerly anticipate all New York Fashion Week, including Khaite, Ralph Lauren, The Row and Prabal Gurung, but the LaQuan Smith runway show consistently reigns as one of the most exciting and sexy of the week. Last night at Skylight by Essex Crossing in lower Manhattan, Smith brought nightlife glamour to the catwalk.

Strong structured crocodile suiting, hip-baring mini skirts and pants flashing a bit of butt cheek reinforced Smith's ability to push boundaries. The collection, the music pounding through the venue and the models power strutting (the only way to describe the force they walked with) all felt very futuristic. Smith even debuted some menswear, and while those looks felt genderless, they gave his ultra sexy skimpy womenswear a nice contrast, almost to say “she can do (wear) both.”

Models wore blackout sunglasses, ornate custom jewelry by Austin James Smith, and pin straight sleek hair to complement Smith’s ready-to-wear collection.

Here’s a quick glance at the collection:


Let the jacket do the talking for this metallic look. The statement shoulder, fitted motorcycle jacket is perfect for a night out this fall.


This chocolate brown midi dress highlights Smith’s incredible eye for creating curves and elongating the female form.


Crip, classic and a bit of a new look from Smith. The subtle hints of undone make this an effortless and elevated outfit.


These crocodile bloomers manage to achieve both the micro mini and oversized fit trends in one adorable yet sexy bottom.


Smith showed off his knack for genderless fashion with this party-ready top and low-rise baggy cargo.

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Margot Zamet


Margot Zamet is a Fashion Editor at SI Swimsuit covering all things style and beauty. Margot joined the “swim team” as an intern while attending school at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been with the brand ever since. She spends much of her year traveling with SI on photoshoots for styling. Her downtime is equal parts R&R on the beach and enjoying overpriced martinis with her friends.