Vogue Resort 2020 ReviewMay 2019, by Emily Farra
Sally LaPointe’s Resort 2020 moodboard was covered in 100-year-old photographs of women in silk pajamas. It was back in the 1920s that pajama dressing first became a trend for women, though they weren’t wearing them to bed; the silky separates were an early example of “borrowed from the boys” style, co-opted from men’s sleepwear and cleverly reinterpreted as comfortable day clothes. At a time when most women didn’t wear trousers in public at all, it was considered pretty gutsy to wear a drapey silk PJ pant during the day. Coco Chanel famously wore them on the beach, referring to them as “yachting pants.” LaPointe was instantly drawn to that backstory, and as a designer who strives to combine luxury and comfort in her collections, she saw an opportunity to put a new twist on head-to-toe silk dressing.
Don’t expect to see piped button-downs and kitschy prints. LaPointe’s interpretations were reliably haute, comprised of double-faced satin blouses with built-in scarves; matching pants or floor-grazing skirts; and evening sets hand-embroidered with sequins. She peppered in a few belted trousers in a substantial, buttery linen for a bit of contrast, as well as her now-signature cropped knits, which came in a new cashmere-silk blend (which sells at a friendlier price point sans her usual fur trim). She joked that plenty of women really will wear this stuff on the beach like Chanel and her friends in the ’20s, but with the exception of the crochet trousers and sequins, most of these looks could more than pass in an office setting.
For an on-the-go woman, a satin blouse and matching trousers woud likely be a lot more comfortable than a pantsuit, too. LaPointe says the best feedback she gets from her customers and stores is that her clothes are truly livable; they’re seriously luxe, yet easy and non-restricting. That’s why she’s so committed to monochrome looks, too: She was happy to report that her customers will buy a full look straight off the rack, then never think about how to style it again.