Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Arena
February 9, 2007
Written by Wendy R.
Photographed by Krisztina Fazekas
(Opposite photo: Model
Marlinda, the winner of Project Runway's
Season Three Model Contest)
Welcome to Hollywood
Malan Breton (the
Project Runway contestant with the huge
head of sculpted black hair and the manic laugh)
held his second Fashion Week show on a cold Friday
morning (9AM!) at the nightclub Arena, just across
the street from the Tents at Bryant Park. But it
was warm inside; the room was filled with Malan
fans (see Tent
People for February 9th). Project Runway's
Tim Gunn, Angela Keslar and Diana Eng had turned
out to support their friend Malan. And I even met
a very charming Goil from Bravo's Top Design.
The first model out
the gate was America's Next Top Model runner-up
Melrose. Also walking for Malan was Marlinda, the
winner of Project Runway's Season Three
Model Contest and Malan's muse Bronwen, the model
in the navy blue evening gown.
The clothes were
spectacular; they channeled the spirit of Barbara
Stanwyck, Carole Lombard and a young Elizabeth Taylor.
The dressing gown would be the perfect thing to
wear while dressing in a 1950's era Joan Crawford
memorial bathroom. The line was glamorous, but cut
with a simple clean style that makes it relevant
for today. And the feather capes and jackets - Wow!
How fun would it be to fly into an art opening adorned
in Malan's feathers? You would be announcing, "I'm
cool and I'm here to stay," which is exactly
what Malan did with his show.