VOGUE Spring 2019 Review

September 2018, by Monica Kim

Some brands become so closely linked to their celebrity ambassadors that it becomes impossible to divorce them in your mind. Such was the case at Sally LaPointe today, where each look seemed tailor-made for Gigi Hadid (though many of LaPointe’s other influencer fans looked at home in the front row, wearing her color-blocked sequin skirts). Whether this sort of subconscious association is good or bad depends on your point of view. Hadid has many fans, for whom a LaPointe piece no doubt represents the height of cool; others might find that connection less appealing. Nevertheless, it persists.

Four years ago, LaPointe’s husband introduced her to East of West, a sci-fi comic book series that depicts a dystopian version of the American West. It resurfaced recently, as she searched for Spring inspiration. “I’m actually not a big comics fan, but I was taken in by the mix of past and future,” she said. In reference to the comic, three black sailcloths suspended from wires spun slowly in circles to ocean sounds, which ceded to drums.

LaPointe’s loose interpretation meant classic all-American items slightly twisted or undone, such as a cozy cashmere knit with a raw hem and sleeves, and a plaid check woven with Lurex. There were the LaPointe signatures, too: lots of sequins, running down sweater sleeves and encompassing athletic sets. What felt fresher were the vinyl items, like a clear chocolate brown twinset and a navy calf-length skirt slit up the back—not your typical Gigi-fied fare. Peach marabou feathers across the chest of a crumpled peach vinyl coat split the difference.

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