LFW kick-off: Richard Malone’s community spirit

Richard Malone

London, 9:00am and it’s show one, day one for our Catwalks team. Kicking things off? London’s rising star Richard Malone.



London: Malone took his audience on a nostalgic journey back to his hometown in Wexford, via the hustle and bustle of the lively Unyoke Market.


Richard Malone

Richard Malone

Navigating their way past bundles of carpet, Malone’s market-girls clutched their finds in giant upcycled tote bags, their outfits  bathed in “Milk Tray” purple or shopping-bag-blue.

Lashings of print broke up tonal dressing– checks, stripes and dog-tooth patterns were left unfinished at the seams creating lashings of decorative fringe. Malone’s tailoring met avant-garde proportions; turbo-charged shoulders came underscored with undulating sculptural swirls which danced around the torso – “no seams are straight,” noted Malone.

Though as much as Malone’s show was about a community, it was for a community too – the designer worked with a group of female weavers in South India to create an artisanal collection with purpose. – Anna Ross


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