BRETON RETURNS TO TAIWAN: Malan Breton, one of the fashion industry’s more self-promotional designers, has combined fashion and entertainment with costumes for the NBC television game show “Minute To Win It,” starring Guy Fieri. Breton has collaborated with everyone from the estate of Marilyn Monroe to Fancy Feast gourmet cat food. The former’s licensed jewelry replicas were worn by models at Breton’s 2013 New York Fashion Week show, while the designer’s capsule collection for the latter consisted of looks inspired by the brand’s mascot, a silver chinchilla Persian cat. Breton even had an online series on Bravo, “The Malan Breton Show!” and made an appearance on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” “Malan Breton — A Journey to Taiwan” was written and directed by the designer, who also sang and appeared in the film.
Breton’s latest project is a little more serious than frolicking felines and ostentatious jewels. He’s designing the official work uniform for the government of Taiwan’s division of tourism. Breton admitted the assignment is bringing him closer to his heritage. His designs, inspired by the more than 16 Taiwanese aboriginal tribes, resulted in a wide range of colors and textures that showcase the country’s artistry. “I’m honored to have been hand-picked by the government to design these uniforms,” Breton said. “There is nothing that makes me prouder than designing a collection that showcases the illustrious history and culture of Taiwan.”