Malan Breton Is Back In Black At New York Fashion Week

The "Project Runway" alum opens up about his new collection, essentials for men, and the worst think a model can do on the runway.

Malan Breton is one of the best known graduates of Project Runway, counting Kylie Minogue, Ariana Grande, and Scarlett Johansson among his celebrity clientele. With impeccable Saville Row tailoring, Breton’s menswear is in high demand, as well.

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We chatted with the Taiwan-born designer in advance of his New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018 show at Cipriani, where he discussed his latest collection, his views on models, and some menswear do’s and don’ts.

How you describe your new collection?

The collection is inspired by human empowerment, a vision of hope in these times of need. It plays on themes of superheroes and the art of creation.

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Camille Grammer’s daughter, Mason, is in your show. How do you feel about reality stars as models?

Mason is one of the hardest working models I know. She is courteous, always arrives on time, and is a real joy. She is also stunning. I think models can be beautiful and talented, no matter where they come from.

You were born in Taipei. How would you say fashion is different in Taiwan?

In Taiwan fashion reminds me of what New York fashion was in the ’90s—prosperous, inventive, and always open to new and young talent.

I think America now is a very sportswear-driven market of fun clothes that can be worn everywhere. Both beautiful but very different.

What’s the worst thing a model can do at a fashion show?

Fall! I feel so bad when I see shows where models fall, so I try so hard to make sure they are fit properly so there’s no issue at my shows.

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What are one or two items of clothing every man should own?

A stunning blazer and a great pair of shoes.

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What’s something no man should own?

Old underwear.

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