Malan Breton autumn/winter 2017 collection catwalk show for LFWLondon Fashion Week AW17
Malan Breton presented their autumn/winter 2017 at Freemasons’ Hall. Entitled Fantome, the collection paid homage to the work of Charlie Chaplin and his films of the 1930s.
Featuring imperial prints and features reminiscent of Chinese watercolour, the collection exemplified the essence of true luxury and power. Richness was instilled through silk fabrics, brocade embellishments and angora. Velvet appeared frequently with delicate ornamentation in the form of fedora hats, acting as a re-imagination of Chaplin’s iconic bowler style.
Bringing Hollywood luxe to life proved no issue for Breton, with notes of rich colours like green and gold, metallic grey and sequin embellishments that paraded to the 1930s music. Structured shirts paired with shearling style collars contrasted with the motifs of pine green and gold brocade, which were seen on printed trouser suits, hooded jackets and trench coats. Mac rain coats in black and shearling-trimmed jackets were paired with kilts for a classic heritage twist.
Gold not only featured in the fabric brocade but also in the details – zips on jackets and stud details on the back of mini dresses, achieving a subtle yet glamorous edge. This idea of glamour was utilised further through accessories, including the likes of long black gloves, relating to the time period of the movie. The gloves in question accompanied an all-black attire of a trouser suit paired with a panelled leather-look shirt, as well as a jewel encrusted semi-sheer dress with long, flowing train.
A long-length black evening dress with a large over-the-shoulder draped detail and cinched-in waist certainly stood out. The collection also boasts demi-couture techniques and British heritage tailoring, all of which were inspired by Malan Breton’s roots being French, Italian, British and Taiwanese. Embellished details nod to the theme of city lights, becoming a visual similarity beneath the exhibition lights and camera flashes.
With a colour palette ranging from classic green and regal elements of pewter and apricot, the liquid fluidity of the garments nods to a futuristic display whilst still informing the theme of the film that inspired it. The composition of shapes, silhouettes and designs of suits, dresses and coats bring joy and undoubtedly left the spectators mesmerised.
Photos: Amy Smith
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