Arise fashion week is on full throttle in Lagos and so far It’s been a blast. The designers are wowing and dazzling all the fashionistas, editors and buyers out there. One of the designers showcasing at Arise Nigeria is the amazing Laquan Smith.
Laquan smith is a 21 year old designer form Queens New York and his rise to fame is very interesting.
Laquan had a passion for fashion and at the age of 13 his grandmother passed on her singer machine to him and that was how he enhanced his passion. In 2005 laquan had a tough battle with cancer and won, the strength spurred him on to apply to study fashion in both Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design but was rejected by both schools. He got his first break by scoring an internship with the prominent Blackbook magazine, he used this opportunity to blag his way into events wearing his own designs and a signature Christian Louboutin heels.
He caught the eyes of fashion publicist Katy Mills and it was through her his pieces found their way into the wardrobes of the top pop stars and celebrities out there.
He has dressed the likes of Tyra Banks, Rhianna, Nicki Minaj, Cassie just to name a few his designs are very much avant-garde with a hint of punk rock. I look forward to his showcase and many more to come from him.
I respect this young mans hustle and drive it just shows that with hard work and determination impossible is nothing.