NYFW: People Who Actually Work in Fashion Attended Sally LaPointe's Show
Fashion's most influential players — from Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo to Neiman Marcus' Ken Downing — were spotted in the front row, studying every luxe look that hit the runway.
The notables crammed together in the front row of designer Sally LaPointe’s spring 2016 runway show on Thursday weren’t up-and-coming actresses looking for a little PR boost. Instead, they represented a coterie of high-powered buyers and bloggers who wield the power to change a designer’s future faster than a reality show ever could.
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Linda Fargo (seen below), the elegant, bob-haired senior vice president of Bergdorf Goodman, furiously scribbled notes in a journal throughout the runway presentation, while Neiman Marcus fashion director and senior vice president Ken Downing intently studied each luxe, minimalist look that came down the zig-zagging runway.
A few meters down on the front row bench sat perennial fashion plate Leandra Medine of influential fashion site The Man Repeller, near a jeans-clad Danielle Bernstein — founder of the hugely popular site WeWoreWhat, which boasts a following of 1.2 million on Instagram.
Bernstein, who reportedly makes tens of thousands of dollars annually from brands who pay her to pose in their clothes on Instagram, posted a photo of a model from LaPointe’s show that — at press time — had garnered close to 9,000 likes.
The New York-based designer’s latest collection jazzes up '90s Calvin Klein-style minimalism with feminine (but never syrupy sweet) accents like chunky tone-on-tone embroidered beading. A fire engine red trench coat was dripping with heavy beading in the same crimson hue; a pleated midi skirt was rescued from the realm of matronly by its edgy textile: see-through black vinyl.
It’s obvious why the entire collection is tasty bait for retail buyers: LaPointe’s designs are the kind of quietly opulent clothes affluent New Yorkers love to live in.