OK, you're a terminally cool NYC girl with fabulous friends and more party invitations than you can count, but the traditional column dress or LBD is just not going to cut it with your social schedule. Lucky for you, Rosie Assoulin has created the perfect capsule wardrobe for every occasion on your dance card. Having spent time in the studios of Oscar de la Renta and Lanvin, the young designer combines a clear knowledge of fashion history, draping, and construction with a feeling of fun that can't be undervalued.
For day, there are tailored menswear coats and extrawide-leg pants that pair with tops sporting unexpected cutouts. A shirtdress veers unexpectedly into drama with a cape back, while an ankle-length wool skirt is kept firmly out of being frumpy by a crop top. And evening is a romp through our best '50s style fantasies, including the showstopping velvet-striped ball gown with ties up the side. As the balloons unexpectedly descended from the ceiling midpresentation and the models looked up and laughed with surprise and delight, you could see the party unfolding right in front of you — and wow, we want that invite!