Vogue Fall 2019 Review

February 2019, by Monica Kim

A flurry of very anxious PR emails, echoing the hailstorm occurring outside, set the tone for Sally LaPointe’s Fall 2019 show. To counter the dismal atmosphere, the designer sent out another chromatic progression of looks, this time inspired by Elvis. More specifically, LaPointe had recently watched his ’68 Comeback Special, in which the singer delivered a television performance in a plunging black-satin shirt and red neckerchief.

It’s unlikely one would have guessed the reference, as LaPointe thankfully steered clear of the obvious signposts. The closest homage may have been Look 3, a plunging leather bodysuit with a kerchief, though hers was cinched tightly at the waist and cropped at the ankles. She used real snake on three grayish looks, an interesting choice given the wave of exotic skin bans occurring elsewhere. (Including Victoria Beckham, as of yesterday.)

LaPointe’s label has long been about the modern luxury of its fabrications—lavish fox-fur sleeves and leather, piled with sequins and sequins. This obvious brand of glamour appeals to a certain kind of woman, who may not care overmuch about sustainability or ethical fashion practice. But given the industry sea change, it might be worth a second look; a second passage of purple snake-print items looked much the same as the first.