Thursday, December 30, 2010

LaQuan Smith

Have you ever had a dream? One that looks unobtainable to the eyes of those on the outside. Maybe you dream to one day play in the big leagues with the likes of Kobe, Shaq and Odom. Maybe it’s to be the best business person on Wall Street. Perhaps it’s to win a Grammy. Whatever your dream is, how badly do you want it?
Many people tend to separate their dreams from their reality instead of making their dream a reality. LaQuan Smith is not one of these people. This 22-year-old rising fashion phenomenon is making leaps and bounds in the fashion industry. According to NY Daily News, Smith went from sneaking into fashion shows to showing his own runway collection in a blink of an eye.
LaQuan Smith learned to sew from his grandmother and at age 13 she passed on her old Singer sewing machine. He began with simple patterns but much like any great designer, he started to develop his own techniques on creating garments. After a traumatic and difficult battle with cancer Smith applied to both the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. Unfortunately, or fortunately, he was denied at both institutions. But this bump in the road wouldn't stop this fashion enthusiast.
In 2007, Smith began working as an intern at Blackbook Magazine, a prominent arts and culture publication. Smith worked for fashion editor Elizabeth Sulcer. But much like any good intern, he sought to further his success in the industry. NY Daily News quoted Smith as confessing, “It was so evil, but I used to check her mail and go to events as her.” Not only that but he definitely made his presence known at these events by being decked out in his own designs and people quickly began to take notice. How could they not?
It was through the fashion network of fashion publicist Kelly Mills that Smith’s clothes started ending up on pop stars. After that, the talent in his wonderfully crafted garments carried Smith to his current level of success in the fashion industry. Bleu Magazine recognized Smith as number two on their Top 10 Emerging Designers list, his designs have been showcased nationally as well as internationally and he has even created a diffusion line for the everyday women entitled ”LQS.”
Smith also received the F.O.C.U.S. for Life Service Award for surviving cancer and not letting the trauma of such an experience hold him back. The designer’s celebrity clientele include the likes of Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Cassie, Alicia Keys and so many more. 
LaQuan Smith has come a long way from the days of sneaking into fashion events, and his saga continues. Who knows what is next for the young designer but as Smith has proven more than once, the sky is the limit and nothing will hold him from reaching his goals.
So for all you out there in the land of dreams, take the story of LaQuan Smith as inspiration for you to make your dreams your reality. Life is what you make it and I don’t know about you, but I intend on making mine fabulous!
Pierr Kuame Murphy
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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

John Galliano Spring 2011 RTW

The stage is set. The lights go black. Loud horns begin to play. A bright light illuminates from the end of the runway revealing a statuesque figure. It is at this precise moment you realize, this is more than just another fashion show.

John Galliano Spring 2011 RTW runway show took on another form. It was a performance of sort. The models, dressed exquisitely to perfection, looked almost like canvas’ that Galliano had eloquently touched with his paint brush (ie. his sewing machine) and created masterpieces worthy of recognition. In true Galliano form, the models brought his creations to life giving the audience a show stopping performance at the packed grand Opera Comique.

The muse for the show was the illustrious Maria Lani. Convincing over 50 artist to paint her portrait by passing herself off as an actress starring in a horror film in which the paintings would come to life. But there was no movie and Lani fled to America with the paintings that didn’t sell in Paris and sold them there. The models of Galliano’s show definitely brought Lani to life, each stepping out from one the portraits painted of her wearing only the best.

Somehow, someway Galliano managed to incorporate current fashion trends into his portrayal of Lani. The runway showcased trench-coats in lace-edged leather and shear organza for day-wear and a plethora of extraordinary evening gowns embroidered with silver.

All in all, the show surpassed expectation and reminded fashionistas across the globe why John Galliano is revered as one of the most influential fashion designers of our time. If not for his creative and always artistic fashions telling a story down a runway, who knows where fashion would be. So I would like to thank Galliano for being such an inspiration to the fashion industry as a whole.

To John Galliano! The man that was, the man that is and the man that will forever be a legend …
Pierr Kuame Murphy
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The Show: John Galliano Show Review:
Vogue Review:
Maria Lani: Maria Lani History
Biography: Biography

Rihanna AMA 2010 Performance


At the 2010 American Music Awards (AMA) Rihanna turned up the heat and showed America why we love this Barbados native.

Arriving to the red carpet wearing a floral detailed evening gown from the Fall/Winter 2010 Elie Saab Haute Couture collection paired with Christian Louboutin heels, curly red hair and Neil Lane jewelery. She graced the stage to accept the award for Best Soul/R&B Female wearing a green draped one sleeve gown again from the Elie Saab collection.

The bombshell opened the show with a three-song medley including "Love The Way You Lie (Part 2)," "What's My Name" and "Only Girl In the World." She danced across the stage wearing a two-piece African inspired look paired with matching Amrapali bangles.

Rihanna is making leaps in bounds in the industry and she isn't showing any signs of slowing down. At 22 years young she is a force to be reckon with and to many, a fashion icon. Her latest album LOUD entered at number 3 on the US Billboard charts and has received overwhelmingly positive reviews.

So whether its being a fashion icon or making hit records, Robyn Rihanna Fenty is an amazing women with an amazing gift. The people of the nations across the world are truly blessed.

AMA 2010 Performance:

Review of LOUD: