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Designer Crush: Laquan Smith

Sure he’s famous and Andre Leon Talley-approved NOW, but I’ve always had the hots for new designer, Laquan Smith.

It was April of 2009 at Paper Magazine‘s Beautiful People party (where Katy Perry performed…with a blow-up lipstick case) where I first laid eyes on Laquan’s work. And his leggings were indeed beautiful.

It was the kind of fashion that’s so amazing you can’t really describe it. They were sort of metallic, kind of leathery with to-die-for cut-outs. (Rihanna rocked a similar style Laquan Smith jumpsuit in her Rude Boy video). And I couldn’t stop staring. And on top of everything, he was tall, skinny and uberfab.

In true Coutura form, I walked right up to him. “Umm, I need your leggings. Who makes them?” While chatting with Prince playing in the background, I learned I was speaking to the designer behind those fabu leggings, Laquan. He was a sweet, softspoken up-and-coming designer from Queens and I was a Fashion Assistant at The Magazine. Match made in fashion heaven.

Though his leggings are the definition of edgy, Laquan is much more than another purveyor of ‘downtown cool.’ He creates wearable art: one-of-a-kind pieces that warrant a second, and third, look. Since our chance meeting in April, Laquan has had the pleasure of seeing pieces from his line, LaQueue by Laquan, end up on Lady Gaga, Amerie, Jaslene from America’s Next Top Model and Rihanna (Andre Leon Talley thinks Michelle Obama should be next).

And he totally deserves the attention. His vision is fresh, creative and brilliant, perfect for the celebrity, or fashionista, who commands the spotlight.

The inspiration for his latest collection? A water goddess. The color palette reflects sand and sea with oceanic tones of blue intermixing with camel hues. The silhouettes range from avante garde (hello puffy shoulder dress!) to red-carpet sexy (I died and was reborn in that blue fitted frock). Oh, and of course he included his famous leggings in blue. Check out his Autumn/Winter 2010 collection pieces below and go to http://www.laquansmith.com for more info on the designer.

How can you not crush on Laquan Smith with these amazing looks?! Laquan, if you’re reading, call me. =)

Kisses,

Coutura

Badgley Mischka, Andre Leon Talley and Pink Peeptoes?

All hail the Voguettes…but what were those pink peeptoe flats about? Were they velvet? And wasn’t it raining?
Anyway, today I was blessed to see the Badgley Mischka show and though getting an invite should have been enough, I HAD to have a seat too. I plopped down in the first open chair I saw with my head up (customary fashion week demeanor) but it quickly went down when a pr guy with a walkie talkie told me “these seats are for our sponsors only” in front of the whole standing section…humiliation 101. Luckily, I found a reason to flee when I spotted Jason Biggs (American Pie) being attacked by the Paps.
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The Paps
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All in your personal space, Jason Biggs!
And then my editor reached her charitable quota for the year by calling and giving me her seat literally five seconds before the show started (Thanks, boo!). And when the lights came on, every garment that hit the runway, from the bikinis to the gowns, was absolutely spellbinding. 
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I am secretly in love with fellow glamazons, Mark Badgley and James Mischka…and this year, to the dismay of many of their loyal fans, they shied away from razzle dazzle and gave the sophisticated lady plenty of wearable pieces—from fresh floral prints to tailored coats.
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Sidenote: is that a little thickness I see? I was happy a model who eats regularly made it to the runway…my editor, however, was floored.

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But their gowns still brought the drama (note to Erin: this is ruffles done right).
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Ferosh.
And for kicks, here’s Marc Jacobs in a skirt…somebody tell me why…
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Photos: NYMag.com.