As far as catwalk debuts go, the timing couldn’t have been better for Julia Fox. Mere hours after her public split from Kanye West, during which she declared herself a #1 hustler, the Uncut Gems star opened LaQuan Smith’s fall 2022 show at New York Fashion Week. A hot-ticket presentation, Smith’s unapologetically sexy vision amassed a crowd, including And Just Like That’s Nicole Ari Parker, who wanted to see what the label beloved by Beyoncé and Rihanna was all about.
No matter that it started an hour late. When Fox walked down the makeshift catwalk in an old downtown private member’s club, wearing a black satin gown with racy cut-outs across the chest, the crowd lapped up the pop culture moment that coincided with Ye sending Kim Kardashian flowers on Valentine’s Day. Fox made it clear to her fans that she had not shed a tear after her whirlwind romance with the rapper ended, and her smoldering runway moment seemed to cement that fact. While that truck full of red roses arrived at Casa Kim, Julia doubled down on drama! Glamour!
Smith was the perfect candidate to supply Fox with a “revenge” dress. Known for his high-octane polished clubwear, their glamorous spheres have collided before. “Julia has been my girl from day one,” Smith told WWD of booking his friend for the show. “She always comes to me for a nasty catsuit for a night out on the town and it just felt kind of pressy and gaggy.” During a quiet New York show season, this publicity stunt put Smith firmly on the international fashion map. It was the mark of two hustlers, indeed.