Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fashion Week: Malan Breton

Being voted off season three's Project Runway hasn't dampened Malan Breton's dreams to become a fashion designer. In fact, season after season, Breton's unwavering determination to present American couture in his point-of-view only made his craft better. His Fall 2009 collection is one of the best we've seen so far, using exquisite fabrics such as tulle and organza but executed in day-to-day wear. This is a collection that is truly day-to-night, a refreshing detour from Breton's usual night-time only pret-a-porter.

Breton chose to present a smaller collection in a lofty gallery space in Soho - a befitting environment given today's economy. (Remember, he showed his Spring collection at the Tents.) Attendees and photographers alike were able to mingle with models - who served as live mannequins wearing his majestic outfits.

There were a few cocktail shifts cut close to the body but accented with intricate beadings or Chinese coins. Silk taffeta long-sleeve french cuff shirts were paired with wide-legged wool pants for the day and a dramatic tulle and lace-ball skirt for night.

The winning outfit of the night? A Mica feather-covered winged dolman jacket paired with a simple but sophisticated strapless dress. These are wearable couture for the very elegant, sexy and sophisticated woman. It will be interesting to see what Breton will come up next for his Spring season. -- Edith Moy.

Photos from top: Malan Breton Fall 2009 Collection.

Photo source: Getty Images.

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