LaQuan Smith likes his women sexy and confident. “I design for the woman I dress today,” he said during his intimate presentation. “It’s a celebration of her body.” And indeed, the sculpted shapes Smith offered for fall emphasized female curves. Working in a neutral palette with touches of neon blue and lime — his women “are not afraid of color,” the designer said — he tried his hand at tailoring with a few boiled-wool coats, a bolero and flared trousers, but the fabrics were ultimately too stiff to be flattering. More successful were lace and 3-D embroidered dresses. Smith’s ideas were interesting, but they didn’t always translate in a polished way. He’s young, however, and maybe time will allow him to refine his aesthetic vision.

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