Malan Breton SS19 London Fashion Week

Malan Breton counts the likes of Lorde, Ariana Grande, Fan Bing Bing and Scarlett Johansson as loyal couture clients, and has received innumerable awards, including from WGSN, the European Fashion Council, and the FGI. The Taiwanese designer even starred in his own biopic, ‘Malan Breton - a journey to Taiwan’.‘Show Girl’ was the aptly named new collection from his dazzling eponymous brand, inspired by Breton’s grandmother’s career on Broadway and the Ziegfel Follies in the early 20th century. Unlike last season’s moody and mysterious vibe, SS19 saw Breton present a brave new world of colour, costume and creativity.

The show lacked no glamour, with glittering gold tuxedos, feathered capes and blinding sequins. Later on, dominatrix styles took control through body hugging fabrics, elbow length gloves and suspenders, and the runway concluded on an icy fairytale with blue tulle gowns and elfish headpieces. A grand finale included the designer’s interpretation of an exotic bird of paradise, and even a look inspired by a modern Lady Liberty. Striking and stoic models walked hypnotically to a spectacular soundtrack, which added even more drama to the performance. Malan Breton truly became The Greatest Showman; a ringmaster of exotic characters dressed in tinseled jacquard, digitally printed silks, buttery soft leather and intricate hand embroidery.

Handbags emblazoned with Breton’s bold logo, as well as statement knuckle-duster rings, brought this sparkling spectacle back down to earth, making it accessible for the modern fashionista. A strong 60’s influence was present through the womenswear line, with peplum waists, bustiers and trench coats, while 70’s styles permeated with strong, exaggerated tailoring and statement metallic prints. As models strode down the grand catwalk in a rich carnival of looks it became obvious why Malan Bretonhas achieved suchwidely acclaimed success as a young luxury label. He and his team work harder than many in the industry, dedicated to bringing a truly unique artistic vision to life, for the love of fashion.

By Ruth MacGilp. Images shot for us by Hannah Gordon-Smith.