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We do not hide our love for Rosie Assoulin‘s modern, sculptural, whimsically elegant designs. In fact, when we first met the 29-year-old, New York-based designer at our own Hollywood Reporter fashion week dinner last September, we told her we wanted her to make our wedding dress.
“Oh!” she excitedly exclaimed. “Are you engaged?”
Uh, not quite. But no matter.
“You wanted me to make your wedding dress!” She said when we saw her amid her fall offerings of clever Kelly green pantsuits, geometrically printed evening dresses and voluminous red-carpet gowns fit for the girl who demands to be noticed in the most perfect of ways. “Are you on that road yet?”
Uh, not quite. But no matter. Again.
Speaking of special occasion gowns, we couldn’t help notice how many seemed to inhabit the collection. And it makes sense, considering Assoulin — who got her start under Oscar de la Renta and Alber Elbaz — just dressed Jemima Kirke for the Golden Globes (with Solange Knowles, Margot Robbie and Michelle Dockery among her other recent red-carpet credits). Silhouettes took center stage here, whether in one of the epic gowns mentioned above or a red hoodie pullover. As the designer puts it, “We really rocked it with some of the shapes.”
So who else is on Assoulin’s hit list of awards show beauties? The always humble designer looked to the floor.
“I already feel so lucky with all the amazing stylists and women we work with. I just feel really lucky to have what we have! I don’t have my eyes on anything else!”
We could personally see Julianne Moore in one particular green tailored cocktail gown complete with tapered pants underneath.
Again, Assoulin remained refreshingly and genuinely humble.
“Obviously she’s not wearing anything of mine to the Oscars!” she laughed. “But I always love the way Julianne Moore looks. There’s just something about her.”
As we’ve been curious about all week, just what does a red-carpet designer do on Oscars night?
“I am the biggest nerd,” Assoulin said. “Sometimes I don’t like to be around other people because they talk. And I rewind it and I cry. I just live for the Oscars.”
As for those evening looks, something tells us she should get used to the red carpet (Lupita Nyong’o is a fan of the brand, as is stylist Jason Rembert, who works with Rita Ora).
“I don’t know how this is all going to work out,” the designer told us, again looking down, as Vogue’s Hamish Bowles walked by and Stone Fox Bride founder (and social media starlet) Molly Guy looked on. “But I really like the direction it’s going.”
We’re not sure how it’s all going to play out, either (though Bergdorf Goodman, Matches in London and Moda Operandi each currently carry the less than 2-year-old line). But we will make one declaration here and now: Regardless of what happens, there will be at least one wedding dress in Assoulin’s future, time and date TBD.
Photos Getty Images Entertainment / Catwalking
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