NEW YORK – Luxury fashion designer Malan Breton unveiled his never before seen collection in the Upper East Side windows of Madame Paulette Tuesday night.
The display showcases six different themes, including one inspired by “Allegiance” the musical.
The star of the “Real Housewives of New York”, Dorinda Medley, joined the event wearing a Malan creation.
“It’s so elegant, it’s sort of old world Asian meets haute couture, new world couture,” Medley said. “It just has this incredible elegance about it. I love it.”
With 80 billionaires among its clients, the legendary Madame Paulette couture cleaner has been the pinnacle of New York City luxury – a perfect venue to showcase Malan’s luxury designs.,
Madame Paulette’s owner, John Mahdessian, said, “It’s very special. We’re very selective about who we pick and choose to support. But in particular Malan is a beautiful person inside and out.”
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, Breton has been designing since he was 11 years old. Today he is among the top 300 luxury designers in the world.
He is known for dressing celebrities like pop star Ariana Grande, actress Scarlett Johansson, and “Scandal” star Kerry Washington.
“When I was a model, my agent said don’t tell anyone that you’re Asian. Even though I’m mixed, don’t tell anyone — just say you’re from the UK,” he said. “I think for me, it’s important that people are able to be who they are, you know, and to accept and embrace their culture.”
A part of the window display is dedicated to Malan’s designs inspired by “Allegiance” on Broadway.
Recently, images of the “Allegiance” stars wearing Malan’s collection were featured in Vanity Fair magazine – a first for Asian Americans in the US.
“It was an incredible honor, you know,” Breton said. “It’s the first time in Vanity Fair that a photoshoot was set up like this, with Asian performers. So elegant and so beautiful, instead of being stereotypical.”
The Taiwanese American designer says he was wowed by Lea Salonga’s performance after watching “Allegiance”.
“Amazing. She’s so lovely. Her voice, it’s always so young and so youthful and just so beautiful always,” he said.
Malan’s new collection ranges in price from $30,000 to $100,000. It will be on display at Madame Paulette until Feb. 15, 2016
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