The Malan Breton Collection was showcased at the renowned Madison Square Garden in New York with an audience of five thousand. The only other two designers to have the honour of showing here previously have been Tommy Hilfiger and Kanye West. The Fantome Collection will be shown at London Fashion Week at The Freemasons Hall.
The collections are inspired by Sir Charles Chaplin “Charlie” and his films of the 1930s. The collections pay homage to Chaplin’s ability to bring hope and joy to people in times of darkness. Part 1 the Malan Breton collection in New York is directly inspired by the film “Modern Times.” Part 2, Malan Breton Fantome, is inspired by the film “City Lights.”
The collections use demi couture techniques, British heritage tailoring, hand loomed silks, wools and cashmeres. The technique is inspired by West meets East, staying true to Malan Breton’s heritage which is French, British, Italian and Taiwanese.
Malan speaks heavily hearted of The New York collection, “It reflects the current affairs in America, it is completely devoid of colour, as I feel the arts, and fashion, are being crushed here by the new regime. It is no longer a place of freedom, and this has hurt many. Leaving us feeling cold and lost. The New York collection symbolises death and the end of a love affair with hope.”
The London collection is reminiscent of Chinese watercolours and imperial prints. Rich in silk fabrics, brocades, cashmere, velvets and angora. The colour pallet flows from wood stains sitting with classic green and tonal elements of pewter and apricot. The silhouettes like liquid act as second skins to the body, the suiting details inspired by pagodas in Taiwan, an ode to the future, in an Orwellian fantasy.