LaQuan Smith brought the fashion week crowd downtown to Wall Street on Monday night, where he unveiled his new collection at Cipriani 25 Broadway. Pre-show cocktails awaited guests including musician Babyface, Julia Fox, Jasmine Sanders, Misty Copeland, and Caroline Vreeland. Perhaps anticipating the impending winter storm, rapper Joey Bada$$ arrived in an oversized fur coat, and Busta Rhymes wore a red coat with white fur trim and cuffs that brought the holiday season to mind. It was a family night out for the rapper, who brought along daughter Cacie Smith.
Much to the crowd’s delight, following the final look of the show Babyface got up from his seat in the front row and headed for the grand piano in the center of the room. He performed a short set, providing accompaniment for the model’s finale walk. Afterward, LaQuan Smith emerged to take his bow and Babyface made a swift exit from the floor, while Rhymes held court long after most guests had departed.
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The rapper enthusiastically introduced his daughter to the cluster of photographers, eager to document the moment, and posed for selfies with models, Fern Mallis, and friends alike. After awhile, Cipriani workers working to reset the room began encouraging stragglers toward the door — but as a consolation prize, an after party at The Box awaited.
“I’ve been here too long, I’m the last one out,” said Rhymes, finally heading in that direction. “I appreciate ya’ll a lot. Come to the after party!”
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