References to the Hindu goddess Vishnu, classical Indian dancers, former American Idol contestant Anoop Desai, and a collection that gave evidence to Breton’s mastery of construction and innovation meant that this production was the perfect blend of music, dance, and fashion – and perhaps a rival to a Dsquared2 production.
Malan Breton expertly uses the rich tapestry of Indian silks and beading to create modern silhouettes. This collection could have been easily weighed down with heavy silk brocades and a too-literal reference to East Indian culture. Instead, Breton brings a lightness to these rich fabrics, and employs innovative design techniques to re-conceptualize everything from bustiers to trousers. And his color palette of mist and steel gray, cerulean blue, and orange compliments Breton‘s sojourn down the Silk Road.
There are many great looks in Breton’s Fall Collection – a plethora of men’s silk and velvet suits and Nehru jackets. My personal favorite was the blue silk jacket paired with Indian-inspired pants. Breton also brings an interesting variation to the bustier.
Unlike some collections in the past, there is a consistent retail value in this collection – although I don’t know how many men would wear a Venetian red panne silk suit. That said, this collection reflects Malan Breton’s growth and confirms that he’s on the correct path.
Photos courtesy of Ernest Green.