Rosie Assoulin Resort Collection 2023
Simple summer pleasures were on Rosie Assoulin’s mind this season. The two most prominent references are swimsuits worn with sarongs and beach canopies. They bridge the inherent disconnect of a resort season between functional winter wear and getaway vacation wear. Scalloped hems and tied skirts work for both.
But if the inspirations are humble, the collection is not. Assoulin understands how to make even the most familiar objects special and dramatic. Take the whimsical blue striped taffeta dress with canopy detailing. The fabric gives off an interior designer vibe, and the peplum waist and ruffle around the neckline are finished with square scallops. It looks almost historic, with its soft colors and full skirt. This is offset by the coordinated bob it is styled with in the lookbook.
A strapless black dress with an exaggerated sweetheart neckline is just as daring, albeit in the opposite direction. The bodice (and a small part of the skirt) draws the outline of a one-piece swimsuit, while a transparent skirt transforms it into a midi dress.
The star of the collection is the convertible rainbow silk dress. It’s the trail equivalent of a zip-up cargo pant. Separated into four components, it is, in its full form, a striped racerback dress with a mermaid skirt, but it can also be worn as a bra and mini skirt, mini dress and a bra and a long skirt. Assoulin loves convertibility and says you can go to a party dressed in the full look and slowly change outfits throughout the evening. How whimsical.