Malan Breton returns to London Fashion Week with a dark yet romantic SS18 collection which draws inspiration from the Edwardian and Victorian era. Focusing on the magical darkness of this time and the comic book styled villains that roamed the shadows of this century.
Malan sends modern athleisure silhouettes down the runway melded with classic tailoring that blurs the lines between the genders. We see designs for both men and women, silhouettes of leather macs, floral prints, detailed embroidery and spectacular tulle gowns. silk and tulles are transformed to give the illusion of wings whereas hand beading and Asian brocades rival these with other alchemist attributes from the underworld. Patterns are strong with Asian symbols derived from Malan’s Taiwanese roots, alongside butterflies and mythological and beastly creatures.
The strong colour palette of pearl, yellow gold, black, midnight blue and pops of red merges together perfectly creating strong looks for both men and women. Garments includs extravagant gowns, simple shift dresses and impeccable suiting in beautiful fabrics.
Malan speaks of the collection and how it has been born with a “darker sexier air, with a twist, deconstructing what it is that drove these characters to darkness.” The collection reflects both the character’s aesthetic style and emotional profile. Because, after all, fashion is an extension of our personality.