David Hockney’s painterly pool series (or better yet, the iconic image of the artist painting the floor of the Roosevelt Hotel pool) might seem like an obvious starting point for recent CFDA Award winner Rosie Assoulin, who staged her Spring/Summer 2016 collection inside the drained pool at the Tony Dapolito Recreation Center. It just so happens one of Keith Haring’s subversive murals aligns the westward-facing wall of the Center, a perfect backdrop for Assoulin’s wildly fun collection.
Highlights from the “beach cover-up”-themed collection included pants done in a JNCO style, their accompanying “boxer brief” waistbands creeping upward à la early TLC or Aaliyah. There were also languid pajamas and sultry slips cut in chiffon and sprinkled with handfuls of rainbow colored Swarovski crystals, which harkened back to the Sex and the City ladies’ brief stint in L.A. circa Season Three. Both literal and trompe-l’oeil elements took shape in the form of bikinis over tops—including bottoms sewn onto an otherwise sedate shirtdress. The brightest spots of this group were the iridescent numbers paired with otherwise drab, but nonetheless beautiful, skirts, pants, and jackets. Overall, it looks like long days and even longer nights are in store for Assoulin.
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