VOGUE Resort 2019 Review

June 2018, by Emily Farra

Resort gets a rap for being a season of “greatest hits” or commercial items that can survive long months on the shop floor, but Sally LaPointe’s collection had more newness than any of her recent runway efforts. Looking back to her Fall 2018 show, there were some broad through-lines: the sequin separates; the monochrome dressing; the absence of black (typically an anchor of LaPointe’s collections). But Resort found the designer getting a lot more experimental. The colors were more surprising—turquoise, apricot, cobalt—so those monochrome looks had a richer impact.

LaPointe iterated on another kind of “monochrome” look, too: sweatshirts and joggers. Ever since Gigi Hadid wore her cropped, bejeweled gray sweatshirt and matching slit pants from Pre-Fall 2017, luxe sweatsuits have earned more and more space in LaPointe’s repertoire. Rarely do they feel like true leisurewear, though; this season, she whipped one up in ultra-soft, bouncy chenille, and another came in silky peach cupro with her signature fur trimmings. They’ll be a hit with the Jenners and Hadids, who can justify wearing a sweatsuit for any occasion. Those influential women are also fans of LaPointe’s signature fur-trimmed sweaters, and it’s now virtually impossible to get your hands on one in your size (LaPointe said she gets tons of requests for more knits via email and Instagram). Apparently, New Yorkers will even buy them in July. That’s good news for LaPointe’s new e-commerce site, which is launching in August and will be dedicated exclusively to knits. Core styles like rabbit-trimmed cashmere pullovers and fox fur hoodies will be on there, along with the shearling-accent chenille turtlenecks from this collection. They mark the first time she’s used shearling, an effort to appeal to customers who only wear “edible fur,” i.e. from animals raised for food (as opposed to wild animals raised for their fur, like foxes and minks).

If you’re anti-fur altogether, Resort also included LaPointe’s first-ever (incredibly soft and fluffy) faux fur chubby in deep cobalt. Only a few other designers have opted to mix real and faux fur in their collections, but why not do both? Not only will it open up her business to more women in the immediate future, but it could be a key to her brand’s longevity. As millennials gain more spending power, they aren’t necessarily investing in four- and five-figure minks; they’ll probably spend that money on vacations. Studies also show that young shoppers want to buy from ethical, conscious brands, so LaPointe’s plush faux options could wind up on their lists.

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