SALLY LAPOINTE AUTUMN/WINTER 2015-16 READY-TO-WEAR NEW YORK
Sally LaPointe specializes in minimal, unfussy clothes that still manage to be super luxe. She didn’t always subscribe to such a less-is-more approach, but after a simple sweater with fur accents sold out instantly at Bergdorf Goodman last year, she knew she was onto something. For Fall she explored texture in an even bigger way, pairing leather with printed sequins, satin with double-face wool, and, yes, knits with mink or fox. It all felt like classic Sally, but the point of differentiation was how the clothes moved. “I started with Pina Bausch, a German modern dancer and choreographer,” she said backstage before the show. “I came across her work and was floored by it. She has the ability to shock and inspire at the same time. It’s honest, raw, and a little crude.” The idea of explosive movement informed the sliced wool skirts that fluttered as the models stomped down the runway, as well as a few liquid silk dresses. One standout look was an oversize cream sweater with bunched-up sleeves and a swishy fringed skirt. It was just the kind of thing a cocktail dress-averse New Yorker would wear to a ritzy soiree. LaPointe could have done without the giant python clutch, though. The modern woman would probably opt for a slim cross-body or a more elegant miniaudière.