For her fall collection, designer Sally Lapointe was inspired by Depeche Mode’s “In Your Room.” “I wanted it to be dark dense and sultry,” she said backstage after her show. “A mood that kind of everyone can identify with. Kinda like vulnerability and power and self reflection.”
Girls stomped down the catwalk next to a futuristic set of towering bright red light sabers which lined the runway. Black elastic bands were stretched out at the beginning of the stage, resembling bedroom blinds: “Simple but effective,” Lapointe explained. Just like the clothes.
The entire collection consisted of strong leather pieces including tough pants tailored to a tee in black, dark red, and camel. Dresses were sexy with cutouts, and some were backless. They came in colored leathers, crocodile skin, ocelot-print wool, suede and silk. Though these looks were quite cohesive, Lapointe’s strength was in her sophisticated and unconventional use of layering a variety of mixed mediums. Some looks had models in leather tops, bonded satin pants, and a bonded mohair coat. Others were in wool, leather shoes, mohair sweaters, and crocodile print matte sequin skirts. It was as beautiful as it was cerebral.
But what really turned heads were Lapointe’s leather gators: items too short to be leggings and too long to be considered leg-warmers. They came in white, red, and black. “I almost wanted it to look like an extension of the shoes without it being a legging and doing it in a high way,” she explained. A new trend?