4/11: Leaders of the New School
FASHION: LaQUAN SMITH -
The 22-year-old made a cameo appearance on VH1’s House of Glam, but, trust, he has been in the fashion industry’ scene for some time. The Queens, NY native created his self-titled designer brand in 2008—only a year after winning his battle against cancer. It’s by sneaking into parties decked in his own designs that he caught the attention of fashion insiders like publicist Kelly Mills. But those days are over. The up-and-coming designer has created signature pieces for several big-name celebrities and models such as Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Tyra Banks, to name a few. His designs have rocked runways from New York to Africa and graced the editorial pages of magazines such as Jones, Uptown and Vogue.