Summary: Malan Breton‘s Spring Collection of evening wear was obviously a study of the classic. White button down blouses and black trousers formed the foundation of the Spring line, while tennis dresses, full ball skirts, and mermaid cut gowns added the glamour. Breton, born in Taiwan, incorporated his home’s influence in his look chicly with obi-style tie back dresses and pants. Less successful, however, was his Asian inspired inclusion of Chinoise jacquard which, as far as I’m concerned, only worked on the aquamarine shirtwaist dress. Otherwise, it translated as costume and not couture. Ultimately, the basic evening clothes seemed only to be a platform for Breton’s Fine Jewelry Collection– chunky semiprecious stones set in bright silver hung thick and visible on each model and seemed to be of equal or greater importance to the designer’s vision. In truth, the highlight of the whole show, which was elegant but not innovative, was seeing a model completely kick a shoe off the runway and work it one-footed. Now that is a feat!
Color Palette: Selenite, Onyx, Orchid, Jade, Lapis, Aquamarine, Citrine, Peridot, Tourmaline, Amethyst, Moonstone, Blue Topaz, Fire Opal, White
Fabrics & Textures: Silk, Chinoise Jacquard, Organza, Taffeta, Crochet Florets, Silk Crepe, Stretch Sateen, Jersey
Key Looks: Aquamarine Silk Chinoise Jacquard Shirtwaist Dress, Onyx Cotton Chantilly Lace Jumpsuit with Moonstone Silk Lining, Selenite Silk Taffeta Silk Blouse and Onyx Silk Chinoise Jacquard Ball Skirt
– Hayley Wells
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