VOGUE PRE-FALL 2019 REVIEWDecember 2018, by Emily Farra
A few seasons back, the big statements in a Sally LaPointe collection came in fox or rabbit fur. For Pre-Fall, the boldest pieces were actually faux: a sumptuous, deep orange robe coat and a stripe-y jacket that looked convincingly like mink. She’s among the few designers who use both real and fake fur in her collections; instead of picking a side, she’s letting her customers choose for themselves. The real fur appeared in smaller doses, like the removable fox collar on a wool motorcycle jacket or a papaya knit trimmed with a single strip of fur, and she expanded her shearling offering with a plush buttercup chubby.
Pre-Fall marks LaPointe’s third season incorporating faux fluff into her collections, a decision that’s likely expanded her customer base, particularly with younger shoppers. It may have played a part in her recent debut on Net-a-Porter, which is fur-free; her Resort collection just landed on the site, including a fluffy, ultra-soft cobalt faux jacket.
On that note, color is still where LaPointe makes a big impact. Monochrome dressing has become a signature, from sporty-luxe cashmere pullovers and silk trousers to suede jackets and hand-embellished sequined skirts. The palette for Pre-Fall was a curious mix of yellow, melon, and marine blue—colors you may not intuitively put together but would refresh a closet lined with trendier shades of millennial pink or lilac. For those head-to-toe looks, she added new, ’90s-ish crop tops and half-zips to the mix, and also introduced merino sweatshirts to her mostly cashmere repertoire of sweaters. The slim, boot-cut suede trousers in citrus hues looked good, too; paired with ribbed turtlenecks or XL cardigans, they’ll appeal to women of all ages, from LaPointe’s It girl fans (like Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin) to the ladies who shop her line at Bergdorf Goodman.