“This season’s color brings excitement into a menswear. When I find something of quality, I like to share it with the world” – Malan Breton.
Big hair, big personality, and big style formed the Malan Breton trifecta at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014. Taiwanese, American-based media maven Breton turned heads with his classic, dramatic collection on September 7th, 2013 at Lincoln Center. Cinematic and musical influences were palpable in this most recent line of tailored women’s and menswear; Breton most certainly brought color and quality “into the world.”
The show’s presentation style was just as lovely as Breton’s jewel-toned suits, paisley-patterned capri pants, corseted bodices, and redolent rocker-chic gowns. An exquisite, operatic voice rang clear throughout the show. No other runway event at New York Fashion Week has embarked into this eccentric mode of fashion presentation. After the buzz that Breton’s show incited, there will likely be many more live-music-inspired runway shows next season.
Male and female models alternated, switching between audaciously-colored menswear and subdued, solemn women’s wear. The constant gender shift was attention-grabbing and a pleasant change of pace. The color palette for women’s wear was black, white, and other neutral colors. Trousers were straight-legged and impeccably modern-chic. Edgy British glam—shown in slicked-back hair, leather, and androgynous models—paired with a flattering hourglass silhouette, gave rise to romantic rock-n-roll pieces. Playful cocktail dresses with corseted bodices that nipped in the waist were reminiscent of dynamic 80’s-era prom wear. The contrast in styles highlighted the strengths of each collection, emphasizing how Breton’s designs are ideal for the spotlight-loving, statement-making client.
Breton’s tailored menswear struck a chord with the audience, as evidenced by the positive reaction of attendees. Seemingly inspired by the dashingly serious heroes in harrowing spy novels, Breton chose to accessorize the male models with classic cufflinks and secretive sunglasses. Preppy fedora hats also played in perfect synchrony with crisp bowties and the occasional fur stole. The models, donning oxfords and severe expressions, were poised, stoic, and standing regally. The overall color palette was eye-catching: eccentric reds, electric yellows, and brightly-patterned, jewel-toned overlays were in stark juxtaposition to the models’ serious and sophisticated bearing.
By the close of his show, Breton had proven yet again how crafting meticulously and paying ruthless attention to detail can equip men and women with the highest level of sophistication and elegance in fashion. Breton manages to balance the simple and the outrageously unexpected in his impressionable new collection. Inspired by the 60s, 70s, and the 007s, Breton champions the human body in pieces that are suitable for any body type. We look forward to seeing more from the fascinating Breton, and soon!
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