September 11, 2006
New York City
Known for his contagious laugh and unique accent, Malan Breton was the second contestant auf'd on Bravo's reality series, Project Runway. However, that didn't stop the self taught designer from continuing on his own personal road to the runway. He stepped out from behind the shadow of the reality show, to join the big fish of fashion week with his first debut at New York City's StyleLounge for his Spring 2007 Collection.
The Metropolitan Pavilion was filled with some of Breton's dearest supporters including, Nina Garcia, Chloe Dao, Daniel Franco, Emmitt McCarthy and Miss Florida. One of his own, Angela Keslar from Project Runway Season 3, was in the audience with nothing but great things to say about her former competitor and current friend. 'I love Malan. He is such a teddy bear. I think he has it all figured out. I can't really offer him any advice but maybe he can offer me some,' Keslar said.
Beginning the procession of twenty nine looks was a champagne rose silk chiffon trapeze dress with water snake detailing against the tune of Edith Piaf's Vie L'Amour. 1930's glamour oozed from the runway as models (many from Breton's Project Runway days) fluttered out the delicate fabrics of silk, satin and chiffon as seen in a magenta silk caped jacket over a tube dress. The fashion lights danced off of an eye popping silk charmeuse poche skirt paired with a barely there shiro silk halter. Some of my favorites were wide loose silk organdy trousers in an array of colors from black to champagne. Breton said auf wiedersehen to frumpy pajamas and hello to his sultry evening sleepwear that looked good enough to walk the red carpet, seen in a silk charmeuse pajama set, along with satin kimonos.
Breton looked for inspiration from Folies Bergere, a 1920's Parisian music hall where performers costumes were known to be elaborate, revealing and exotic. The designer touched on all three elements with a Chantilly lace Victorian jacket and a sepia beaded flapper. He also turned to Josephine Baker, a singer and dancer for the Folies for his primary inspiration. There were stunning similarities between a barely there skirt made of bananas Baker wore in the 1920's and a shiro ostrich, leather and lace skirt of Breton's design.
The designer pulled out all the stops with playful embellishments such as pearl detailing seen on a silk chiffon jacket with dolman sleeves and a creme silk organdy garbo vest. Soft natural curls that speak of femininity in 1930's Hurrell images became the inspiration for the hair. While an older image of Catherine Deneuve, with her flawless skin and cherry red lips, became the muse for the makeup. Colors were dainty and soft with champagne rose and creamy white, but there was plenty of darker slate that made up the color palette as well.
The epitome of timeless elegance and classic beauty, a wedding dress of silk chiffon with teardrop crystal detailing closed the show. It was the perfect symbol of a new beginning for Breton who has started a new chapter in his story as a noteworthy name in the world of design.