Vogue Spring 2018 ReviewSeptember 2017, SS18 by Emily Farra
Thanks to fans like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, Sally LaPointe has a more diverse clientele than most designers. She sells hand-embellished evening gowns to uptown ladies at Bergdorf Goodman, while twentysomething girls save up for her crystal-studded sweatshirts and fur-trimmed turtlenecks. It’s the Hadid-Jenner effect that gives LaPointe room to experiment with those “athluxury” items, and they make up a big part of her pre-collections. For the runway, though, she focuses on the high-impact stuff, like the intricate laser-cut leather dresses and glittering micro-sequined gowns in her Spring ’18 collection.
If LaPointe’s serious attention to detail has produced some overly complicated looks in the past, Spring was all about “being direct”—i.e., simplifying things. The looks in a weightless, silvery silk were also some of the best ones—see the cape-back dress, and a high-slit skirt and turtleneck—because LaPointe let that mercurial fabric be the statement. Other looks came in bold stripe and chevron embellishments which LaPointe pulled from military insignias; the more chevrons you have, the higher your rank. The strength she wanted to convey with those motifs didn’t always come across—a fringed, emerald-and-black sequined skirt suit looked a little too fussy—but you could picture a confident woman wearing the off-the-shoulder knit and chevron-sequined skirt. Including, yes, those It girls with tens of millions of followers.