WWD Resort 2017 Review

June 2016, RS17 by Kristi Garced

The designer homed in on what her clientele wants — novel luxe — with a chic, tight lineup.

Since Sally LaPointe’s edgy minimalistic brand is more suited to lush, wintry fabrics, resort wear admittedly takes her out of her comfort zone. So this collection “was about reimagining the classics for a supertransitional season,” the designer said during a walk-through at her Chinatown studio.

LaPointe kept her tight lineup fluid and lightweight with thigh-baring chiffon skirts, fringed crochet cropped tops and oversize cotton duster coats. But since “our girl comes to us for bold, unexpected luxury items,” she didn’t ditch her signature fox and mink furs, which adorned the sleeves of a citron-green chunky sweater and the collars on a series of bonded wool and colored leather motorcycle jackets.

For evening, LaPointe offered slinky cocktail gowns with deep Vs and a few “special skirts” covered in hand-embroidered beading and iridescent sequins — a hot category for the brand. There was also a capelike rain jacket, which was not actually made of a practical performance fabric, but rather of a bonded cotton with fox fur sleeves. “Well, for our girl, it’s a raincoat,” she winked.