WWD RTW Spring 2017 ReviewSeptember 2016, SS17 by Kristi Garced
The story of a broken heart informed the designer’s feminine yet sexy spring offering.
Sally LaPointe poured herself into her beautiful spring collection, a decadent lineup of party-ready separates and eveningwear. You could see it in the craftsmanship of the luxurious, sparkling embellishments; the hand-drawn embroideries; the generous fringe; the custom textiles. The awe was palpable as the room continued clapping well after the finale.
Her starting point was Johnny Cash, and more generally “the story of a broken heart.” LaPointe explained: “[Johnny] let his broken heart fuel his creativity. There’s so much going on around all of us right now — confusion and turmoil within the industry — and it does break my heart. I decided to fully dedicate myself to my craft because that’s all I can do. I wanted to make something really honest and really beautiful and to do it free of subconscious pressures from the outside.”
Exploring the aftermath of heartbreak and, more specifically, the path from vulnerability to resilience, LaPointe’s show followed a narrative arc, opening with soft, frothy looks — a couple of ivory sheer chiffon duster coats embroidered with white feathers, for example — and building up to bolder, structured, tough-girl looks that showcased corsetry, motorcycle and utility jackets. An oversize cotton-twill cargo style embroidered with white sequin stripes and florals, and paired with a flowing mermaid skirt, captured the collection’s gentleness and toughness in a single look. As always, LaPointe delivered it all with a dose of sex appeal, from feather-embroidered bustiers to a body-hugging pink cashmere dress. On the more casual side, her black and white high-waisted denim styles, which laced all the way up the front of the leg, will be a surefire hit.