LFW SS19 Designer to Watch: Richard Malone
Acknowledged as an influential star amid the London Fashion Week schedule and beyond, Richard Malone’s status has quickly been elevated to adoring heights, despite only graduating from Central Saint Martins four years ago and exhibiting his first guerrilla fashion presentation in Old Street Station three years ago. Adopting a perceptive understanding of how a particular kind of woman desires to dress is effortlessly illustrated in his aesthetic, which showcases sophisticatedly-cut sculpturalism impregnated with unyielding realism.
However, for SS19, Malone injected his designs with an added enhancement, embarking on a fresh collaboration with historic Italian fabric house Taroni – a couture supplier for designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and Balenciaga that was established in 1880. This new relationship has introduced an exciting dimension for his label, one that has been dedicated towards sustainability, with textile preferences extracted from recycled plastics or female communities in India that create hand-woven fabrications.
Throughout the collection, Malone took a series of anoraks and windbreakers and proposed to deconstruct them, applying sumptuous double silk satin, which was seen intermingled with form-fitting Econyl jersey and recycled tarpaulin bags. His palette was rendered in lavish jewel tones, reminiscent of vintage couture, albeit, was in fact extracted from “micro-fibre cloths – those great ones you can buy in bulk on Amazon.”
“For me, it’s all about elevating the things I grew up with,” elucidated the designer. When designing the collection, “we always think of a boss. Not someone who works at a company, or indulges in arguments about the role of women, but just is it, without any of the bullshit that surrounds. That’s the private client I know and love: women who just get on with it and look amazing.”
Being sustainably mindful, luxurious and utterly wearable, Richard Malone’s designs are pioneering and set the standard for future designers that follow in his path, plus he’s a Fashion Studio client too!
Words by Katie Farley