June 11, 2014 New York
What felt different this season were the new emphases on organic fabrics and more casual daytime offerings. This focus was exemplified by standout pieces including a beachy raffia hemp hoodie (styled with a matching baseball cap and tote); a boxy T-shirt cut from raw linen that appeared to be covered with candy buttons; and a gauzy blue button-up teamed with a matching ball skirt. Elsewhere, Assoulin notably riffed on the idea of surfer-inspired board shorts by showing them in elevated fabrications alongside cozy sweaters. If anything, the collection could've been edited down a bit more, but it was still one for the win column. Overall, Assoulin has set the bar high for herself by creating serious eveningwear for girls who don't take themselves too seriously, but she remains unphased by the great expectations now placed upon her. She said, "We've been received warmly and don't want to mess it up. Sometimes it's easy to worry: 'Am I too much?' or 'Am I not enough?' At the end of the day, I'm just focused on being myself."