VOGUE FALL WINTER 2016 Review

February 2016, FW16 by Emily Farra

Sally LaPointe is still a relatively young designer, but she knows exactly where her brand fits into the market. To compete for women’s attention—especially when those women are discerning Bergdorf Goodman shoppers—you have to give them a reason to choose your clothes over another designer’s. That’s why LaPointe has shifted her focus to easy, super special pieces that you can’t really find elsewhere.

“We’ve really hit our stride,” she said, describing her Fall collection as the right mix of “signature Sally” and new, forward-thinking ideas. As for her signatures, all you need to know is this: Her fur sweaters are back! Cozy knits trimmed with plush rabbit or mink are what LaPointe is known for, so it only made sense for them to feature prominently in this collection. In fact, if she hasn’t already, it would be wise for LaPointe to keep a few of those sweaters in stock 24/7. Kendall Jenner has worn them several times, and there’s likely been an uptick in demand as a result. This season, LaPointe whipped up boxy rabbit-trim turtlenecks with strong shoulders in both classic gray and a surprising violet-and-orange combo. Including one bright, unexpected color has also become a classic LaPointe move; for Pre-Fall, it was kelly green, and a few seasons ago, it was lapis.

With fur sweaters this good, they were likely all anyone could talk about after the show—particularly given the week’s subzero temperatures. But even LaPointe’s sleeker, more evening-geared looks felt right for her. She’s not one to design a traditional cocktail dress, so she paired a simple black turtleneck with a sequin and feather skirt that fell straight below the knees. It was the kind of no-fuss cocktail ensemble you could wear with stilettos, boots, or even loafers.