VOGUE Fall 2018 ReviewFebruary 2018, by Monica Kim
Sally LaPointe held her show in the basement of the Skylight Modern, which had been set up a bit like a club. A DJ stood at a black booth in the room’s center, surrounded by an installation of vertical light fixtures hung in tidy rows. Once the music began, the bulbs flickered and danced in time to the percussive beats, changing color until the first model walked.
Several designers this season have referenced outer space in their work, an escapist sensibility that makes sense in light of our current political and environmental state. LaPointe, however, drew more specifically from the 1960s and the excitement surrounding the moon landings. “What struck me was that people stopped dressing for today and started dressing for tomorrow,” she explained backstage. “It’s about being positive and looking forward.”
LaPointe comes from an arts background and likes to approach her designs in a similar manner. The show began with a series of white pieces that worked as a blank canvas—white vinyl pants with a sheer top and a double-faced cashmere wrap—before shifting to largely monochrome looks. To contrast with the tonal scheme, LaPointe mixed and layered different textures to create visual variation—a thick butter-soft cashmere turtleneck with a paillette skirt, for instance. The ’60s influence came through in the bell-shaped sleeves and the banding of fabric across the chest to recall the decade’s fascination with capelets. But on the whole, the luxe leisure clothes stuck firmly to the Sally LaPointe school of thought and are sure to please her woman once again.