Exuberance seems to be the core value at Rosie Assoulin, whose collections are perpetually optimistic exercises in loopy colors, textures, patterns and proportions. “It’s fun, right?” said Assoulin during her resort presentation, set up with models in a giant game of musical chairs played to live strings. To answer her question: yes, the atmosphere was indeed fun, and the clothes, giddy.


A picnic theme seemed afoot in the mismatched ensembles of seersucker ruffles on smocked tops and tiered skirts, the fruit and floral embroidery on a breezy dress and a red off-the-shoulder top and yellow pants with a ruffled waistline that Assoulin called “our Oscar Mayer look.” But there was also a Latin flair to the shirtdress gowns trimmed in hot-blooded ruffles,and a hippie baja babe mood to a patchwork halter and paper-bag pants. Perhaps it was more of a carnival of festive fashion than a picnic.