WATCH: The Chatroom Featuring Rosie Assoulin

Meet the designer whose clothes make you feel like the only woman in the room…even if that wasn’t her intent


How many times have you had a brilliant idea? A really loud and hard to ignore one, like your brain was a pot and inside of it lay rainbow. And you got so excited about it that your heart raced as you thumbed notes to yourself in your phone. “I can do this,” you probably said.


…I’m too busy.

…I’m not good enough.

…I can’t.

We all do it — it’s just that the difference between a doer and a thinker is a doer never talks herself out of her dreams. But what if you finally ran out of excuses? What if you pulled out your now-dusty notebook, flipped through the pages replete with your wishful thoughts, your flights of fancy, and you stared them right in the eye and took them seriously?

In this edition of The Chatroom, Leandra speaks to Rosie Assoulin, winner of the 2015 CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear, about the moment she realized though she might be able to shake the girl out of the dream, she couldn’t shake the dream out of the girl. Or the silk faille tops!

You’re guaranteed to fall in love with the designer, but where you may find yourself surprised is at how inspired you feel after watching.

Now go on — chase.

Shop Rosie’s designs now on Moda Operandi. Special thanks to SIXTY SoHo for letting us wear shoes on their bed. 


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  • I like the way you finished out this piece – every day definitely is a chase.

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent

  • Lizzy

    I love her clothing and this video has a wonderful, familiar feel to it. I have a question for both of you. You touched on the subject of price point, knock offs and not everyone having access to this level of clothing, but so many men and women want the ability to dress creatively and feel like the only person in a room. Do you think in order to achieve that you have to put up the big bucks for the quality and little details or are you just out of the game if H&M is more your financial speed? Also, Leandra, why is your hand up your skirt in the last minute of this video?

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  • Debra
  • Does Rosie take interns??? I will actually eat someone for a plane ticket to New York if so.

  • Lua Jane

    She’s not only brilliant designer, but seams so real and sweet. Super adorable voice!

  • Fabiana Pigna

    I am such a huge fan of Rosie’s! Such a unique point of view, her work is exquisite and lux without being stuffy. By the way, the link to the resort collection on her web is not working, great interview 😉

  • Just a side note because you mentioned Miami AND Kangaroos and I don’t know if it was a sign but… I’m from Australia and we (me and my man commitment) sometimes talk about moving to America i.e. NY or Miami. Should we? I googled it and everyone from Miami said no so…

  • Wish I could afford me some Rosie Assoulin pieces! I’ve been waiting for this video a long time, thanks MR <3 <3.

    p.s.: I think the music is just the slightest bit distracting though. It could just be me!

  • MilkVelvet

    I love your quote about the difference between a doer and a thinker…will definitely keep it in mind 😉

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  • Iya Fulem

    I love Rosie Assoulin, especially the green dress worn also by Solange Knowles. I had it made for me for less at You should check it out

  • Rathna Sharad

    Love Rosie and this interview!

  • zincink

    #20 in mint green please

  • Paloma

    I totally get her!!! It’s like when you meet beauty&brains in a person, you feel totally drawn to them! That’s how i feel about her clothes. Besides whats up with her skin FLAWLESS ✌️

  • Alba B.

    Dear Leandra,
    I wouldn’t imagine you different either than with this piece of Rosie. Great interview and you are so lucky to have her as friend.
    (Am I indelicate if I ask you: what kind of food you both have eaten that despite looking so white smiling and happy, both of you are so successful?)

  • alexiada

    And this one with ROSIE ASSOULIN!! Too short, too short 😀 Meanwhile, I think I am going to make me one pair of those kick ass sea pants, if your Rosie agrees!

  • Denise Haber

    I like posts like these. They speak about things that one can relate to. I loved the video and I am going to share it with my friends as well.