Worshippers will find continued reasons to keep the faith in the “high priestess of Goth opulence”, as coined by Style.com. Although her new collection is a little lighter, acolytes (like Lady Gaga) will be pleased by LaPointe’s continued exploration of the sinister and dark, this time, via the inspiration of the deli.
LaPointe’s starting point for the collection was investigating and distilling the beauty of decay, which was inspired by the gradual decline and death of deli flowers. Showgoers got a clue from the set design, which was a lacquered square stage, encircling a sunken pit filled with hundred of mottled black-purple dry flower petals. As she explained to the New York Times in a pre-show interview, LaPointe developed a goth flower print, featured on several pieces, by photographing dozens of deli flowers every day.
The effect, was blown out across plastic-looking, coated organzas, which were purposely toeing the line between edgy and garish in their shininess. The macabre-printed organzas were used to temper the romantic, petal-inspired silhouettes of her cocktail dresses and gowns, so that models looked a bit like flowers past their bloom, as they walked the runway.
In her separates, LaPointe played with cuts and silhouettes that looked deceptively austere, but were cut to reveal curves and slithers of skin. There were long, flowy vests and black leather dresses that were draped so sinuously across the body that they looked like glossy ink. A leather skirt’s sternness was undercut by a frothy layer of sheer organza beneath. And done in the goth favored palette of black, spartan white, and grim nude, it was clear that LaPointe’s fans (which included Linda Fargo, in the front row) would have more than a few pieces to revere in her new collection.