"I will not, not be rich." NYFW LaQuan Smith SS20

Written: Whitney Brielle

Backstage visual delights courtesy of: Sonny Vandevelde

Over the past few years, country music has begun a marked return to its more cultural roots. Beyonce with her performance at the 2016 CMAs, and more currently the emergence of artist Lil Nas X—just to name a couple of mainstream accolades. We’re also seeing a return to country in fashion. Last season’s FW19 Telfar stands out as a pivotal moment. This season, at NYFW LaQuan Smith continued the theme with a playfully campy, yet unapologetically fierce display with his SS20 collection. 

Slick Woods power stance, pre-runway domination.

Slick Woods power stance, pre-runway domination.

10 gallon hats by Eric Javits, semi-transparent leopard and other exotic prints, corseted denim and raw hide jackets, (through a collaboration with Jordache,) boots, and even Texas size belt buckles. The makeup complimented the chic, feline, western vibes with slicked back hair, and severe cat eyes. And the whole collection was wrapped in LaQuan’s delightful conceptualization of a “hoedown.” (See image below.) And touted the luxe pop-culture anthem, “I will not, not be rich.”

Elsa Hosk in one of those larger than life. 10 gallon hats by Eric Javits.

Elsa Hosk in one of those larger than life. 10 gallon hats by Eric Javits.

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Models amplified the message of fierce strength, with standouts like Elsa Hosk, Slick Woods, and Winnie Harlow. There was a palpable energy as they galloped down the Pier 59 runway. The crowd swayed and hollered— it was a party for the senses, even at 1:00 pm. Ready to wear, and ready to live—LaQuan’s collection was a visual delight. Now please pause, while I go find out how I can get my hands on that delicious, leopard mini dress. ME-ow!

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