FASHION REPETITION: ROSIE ASSOULIN VS. MLM LABEL OFF-SHOULDER TOPS
When Man Repeller Leandra Medine started showcasing her Rosie Assoulin balloon sleeve top, we knew a fresh experimental designer had arrived. One of the most talked about designers of 2013, Rosie Assoulin debuted her voluminous, billowy namesake line after completing internships at Adam Lippes, Brian Reyes, and Lanvin. Experimenting with lengthy asymmetrical hems and perilously sculpted circle-seamed tops, Assoulin was not modest about her impeccable eye. She captured the “old-world, couture silhouette” that she loved with wide-leg hems and demure sashes around the waist.
Thus it was not a surprise that when her balloon-sleeve top hit ShopBop it sold out even with its gargantuan $1,695 price tag – it was doubly predictable when a $150 off-shoulder knock-off sold out shortly after. The Striped Cotton-Faille Balloon-Sleeve top – a tube top-like body with puffy sleeves attached nonchalantly – brought the off-shoulder look to a new height. Reinventing the off-shoulder and elevating it beyond its peasant-blouse connotations was not an easy task and MLM Label thought so too.
The MLM Label top sports a billow sleeve as well and the black-and-white horizontal stripe look that Rosie Assoulin chose. The skinny to large stripe pattern is noticeable and the concept has definitely been taken and reconstructed.by