What Designer Sally LaPointe's Fashion Week is Like in 5 Illustrations

There's a lot of pizza and very little sleep involved.
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There's a lot of pizza and very little sleep involved.
Sally LaPointe. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Sally LaPointe. Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

If you ask anyone who works in the industry what Fashion Week is like for them, you'll probably get one of a few canned answers: "It's so crazy!" "My schedule is nuts!" "I haven't slept/eaten a meal/seen my significant other in days!" "I can't wait 'til October when I get my life back!" Sure, our calendars are impossibly packed from the kickoff of the New York shows until Paris wraps up about a month from now, but do those generally whiney comments really give you a sense of what editors, buyers, stylists and, perhaps most notably, the designers creating the collections are going through? Didn't think so.

Luckily for us, Sally LaPointe — who is presenting her spring 2016 runway collection on Friday afternoon — agreed to document the week leading up to her show with some honest (yet adorable) sketches. LaPointe, who was inspired by the balance of introversion versus extroversion for spring, said that the first day of "crunch time" for her team was on Monday, when her stylist — the much-photographed Russian editor Anya Ziourova — stepped in. "It's the first day you really have to piece [the collection] all together. It's a tough day," she admitted over the phone in between model fittings on Thursday, just 24 hours before the show. However, LaPointe said the general mood in her studio is calm, and that her team is organized enough to avoid any "last-minute" sort of frenzy. "That's just not how I work."

For spring, her collection incorporates some new elements that, while dead-on for her brand, might surprise some of her devotees. "There's a bold color that I trickled in a little bit ... and I introduced denim for the first time," she said. "It's used in different ways. I was inspired by the fabric first — a waxed, woven denim — and it's pretty unexpected. Not your typical jean."

In the days leading up to Fashion Week, LaPointe said that the first "normal life" luxury to go out the window is sleep. "It's not because I'm working or in the studio late, it's that my mind has a hard time turning off," she explained. "I'm thinking, 'How can I make this look better?' 'Should I put that look on a different girl?'" Her communication with the outside world is next to go, but she chalks it up to friends and family knowing to let her do her own thing. After the collection walks, she'll take a couple of hours to herself before picking her pup up from day care and meeting her family for dinner (and more importantly, cocktails) before waking up on Saturday for the start of market week — where the jam-packed days begin all over again.

Read on for the full sketch diary from LaPointe.

Monday

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Beginning the daunting task of finalizing all runway looks with my stylist Anya Ziourova.

Tuesday

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

It’s only Tuesday, but late night pizza zombies are in full effect at the studio.  

Wednesday

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

A half-sleeping, texting model trying on multiple faces — it’s hair and makeup test day. 

Thursday

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Putting on the final touches and fittings in our studio the night before the show.  

Friday (show day!)

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

Illustration by Sally LaPointe.

On my way to the show venue and daydreaming of the light at the end of the tunnel.