[E]xotic showgirl costumes from the 1930’s and “supermarket blue” were key inspirations for Richard Malone’s SS18 collection. The opening show for London Fashion Week highlighted a new femininity on the horizon: think weird contrasts, almost threadbare dancing costumes and utilitarian tailoring.
The young designer displayed an appetite for power dressing with a twist: hello cut-out trouser suits and cobalt blue twin sets. Sustainable fashion was also hot on the sartorial agenda. Lyocell, made from the bark of eucalyptus trees, is used across duster coats and halter-neck dresses.
Malone works with a community of women in the South of India who hand-weave fabrics and work with natural dyes in processes which require minimal energy and water. “This is not glamour,” according to Malone. “This is single-minded optimism; quietly defiant…”