For those of you who haven’t heard of him as of yet, Richard Malone is a 24-year-old, Irish fashion designer who hails from Co. Wexford, studied the art of fashion in London, interned for Louis Vuitton in Paris and has now released his own line, including pieces that will be at Brown Thomas’ annual ‘Create’ exhibition.
Self-proclaimed as someone who has, “turned down the Kardashians”, and even Vogue, Malone seems to shy away from the spotlight whilst holding some strong views. Perhaps that is is why he has captivated so much intrigue? As for all designers, it is undoubtedly Malone’s clothes that he wants to do the talking however, so here I will discuss his latest collection, displayed at his AW16 runway during London Fashion Week.
With designers such as Marc Jacobs present, Malone’s designs are obviously on the radar. Focusing strongly on the use of stripes, turquoise and navy, Malone went for styles that one would normally not piece together. He did so provocatively and created some stellar silhouettes and abstract looks that certainly hit the spot. In saying this, I did find some looks to be too far-fetched and they fell into the realm of ‘unwearability’ for me.
These are two of my lesser loved looks from the show.
One aspect that I really appreciate however, is Malone’s attention to detail. From afar, one notices the impact of the collection, but up-close one notices the labour. From quilting to piping and the precise use of asymmetry, no matter how hard he tries to appear nonchalant in interviews, it is clear that Richard Malone is someone who takes his craft very seriously. I particularly love the look of his shoes ❤
Another aspect of the collection that I have fallen for is the make-up. The use of bold coloured, caked on, flakey mascara with a bare face was the perfect addition to his utilisation of electric colours in his clothing. This I thought was a stroke of excellence. Contrastingly, the hair styling was pretty basic and nothing revolutionary, but suited the clothes and make-up perfectly as there was no point in including another bold facet to an already busy collection.
Overall, Malone’s collection was contemporary, edgy and something out of the box. There were aspects of the collection that I really liked, but then there were also some unwearable pieces and I feel like a touch of refinement could elevate his designs even more.
Additional to my interest in the collection is an interest in Malone himself. As stated above, Malone has some strong views, including a resolute opposition to the size 0 movement and a disregard for things that are generally pop-culture. These views are intriguing and I’m going to be watching to see if he sticks to this in his career. I particularly hope that he enforces the first throughout his career path, but have to admit that I wouldn’t mind him opening his doors to a little bit of pop culture along the way.
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Bye for now from your Irish fashion blogger,
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