LaQuan Smith Made Me Need to Strut Like a Model

Please excuse any typos, I’m writing this while devouring the free snacks on JetBlue. An off-brand Cheese-It within the sky? That’s show business, baby. I’m jetting (in coach) back to my normal, sweaty, retro life in L.A., where each day I wear the identical gray sweatsuit. I mislead people and tell them I actually have multiple: “No, literally I actually have 100 of the identical sweatpants and just change day by day,” I’ll say. I’ve learned it’s necessary to maintain up the looks of frequently doing laundry…

But last night, I opted out of my beloved sweatpants for the primary time in months and headed to LaQuan Smith’s fashion show. My boyfriend told me to get there half-hour early. He was like, “Fashion week is the craziest time of the 12 months aside from SantaCon. In case you’re late, you is perhaps turned away because you’re a whole unknown.” My first thought was, Okay, I’m dating an actual monster. My second thought: He’s right. He kept going: “Like, my family doesn’t even know your acting credits they usually follow your profession very closely. They’ve a Google alert for you however it never goes off.” Yeah, I got it. So, obviously, I got there 45 minutes early. I stood outside with the safety guards who were just arriving to their shifts. They were really hot and their suits fit perfectly. LaQuan, did you tailor…their suits? I showed certainly one of them my ticket and he smiled politely, “Um, they’re not letting anyone in yet. You continue to have 42 minutes.” Yeah…

I milled around outside the venue, someway still nervous I used to be within the unsuitable place, and scared that the concealer I used from a Sephora tester had worn off. But soon enough, people began to indicate up within the sickest outfits I’ve ever seen. Instinctually, I held my phone up and pretended to be on a call. (It’s my fight or flight.) These people were just too perfect to look in the attention. They strutted through the doors in metallic stilettos, bodycon dresses, and micro skirts with matching bralettes.

Julia Fox en path to the LaQuan Smith show.

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If there’s one truth of the fashionable world that I hold to be self-evident, it’s this: hot individuals are mean. While you look that good, it’s essential to have an ego, especially at fashion week. It’s all about who you realize, who you’re wearing, and who invited you. I approached these people anxiously, like how a baby might approach a shocking tigress on the zoo. I desired to look closer, but not so close that I’d get bitten. But as I talked to an increasing number of people, I noticed something weird…so weird it looked as if it would break every known rule of the social world. The guests were smiling, friendly, and humble. That they had abs for days and didn’t even seem to note. They were surrounded by this radiant glow, just like ego but totally different. Was it…confidence? Oh my God, I believe it was. I began to feel higher.

I walked inside, and immediately was thrown right into a photograph with none aside from icon Miss Julia Fox. I could only manage to mumble “me?” and “are you sure?” before the photo snapped. So somewhere on the market on a photographer’s camera is an image of me and Julia Fox. Please, sir, when you see this, release it, tag her, post it, sell it, do whatever you’ve to do. I want to indicate my parents.

The show began. The lights dimmed, and the place blasted the very best music I’ve ever heard. The primary model strutted out, wearing a neon pink cutout corset top with an identical skirt. An extended blonde ponytail bounced behind her. The gang went wild. “TEAR IT UP!” “YOU BETTER WALK!” “THAT FIT IS SICKENING!” And it really was. I had chills.

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LaQuan Smith spring/summer 2023.

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The high only continued. Winnie Harlow! C’mon, so gorg! Each model killed it. I used to be hoping for one flop (I like the drama), but nothing. All of them slayed. And the garments were fit to perfection. Essentially the most gorgeous deep blues and purples, burnt oranges, metallic accents, sequined the whole lot. Considered one of my faves was a shiny red gown with a plunging boatneck and a large circular cutout exposing all the stomach. You may almost see nip. It was amazing. If I worked in an office (lol), that’s what I might wear. I might wear that to satisfy my boyfriend’s Orthodox family. If Biden called, you realize, wanting a meet-and-greet, I might probably wear that. It’s an on a regular basis look! Truthfully easy. Versatile!

LaQuan also did this beautiful thing where he seamlessly incorporated metal breastplates and bras into minimal black cocktail dresses. It was very Tom Ford for Gucci. A reference? We love. When the show finished, I clapped so hard, hoping that they were playing by concert rules and I could someway make an encore occur. Whip up one other dress! No, seriously, quick!

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Winnie Harlow.

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The show was such a confidence booster. I showed up pondering I is perhaps misplaced, and walked out knowing I used to be Gigi Hadid (it’s not not true). I strutted out of the Intrepid like I had a automobile waiting for me and somewhere chic to go. I didn’t, and it was raining. But I didn’t care. I sashayed 40 blocks downtown within the pouring rain with the boldness—or, because the French say, Laquanfidence, of a model in red sequins.

I kept strutting until I got to my hotel, took off my wet clothes, and got into bed. When the adrenaline finally wore off somewhere around episode 4 of Selling the OC, I felt a stinging sharp pain in my leg. What the actual hell? Okay, I believe I pulled something strutting my heart out. Value it.

Owen Thiele is an actor based in Los Angeles. He has studied on the Upright Residents Brigade, Second City, the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and the Meisner Institute. Most recently, he wrapped production on the comedy Theater Camp starring alongside Ben Platt and Molly Gordon. He will also be seen opposite Kat Dennings in season 2 of Hulu’s Dollface. 

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