What: The 2017 LVMH Prize-nominated eponymous label by Irish designer Richard Malone, a fast-rising star on the London Fashion Week (LFW) calendar.
Fashion factor: The 26-year-old Malone has already earned comparisons to Simone Rocha, J.W. Anderson and Christopher Kane – all former “ones to watch” who’ve become tent-pole names of LFW and beyond. In just three years, he’s gained a reputation for sculptural, brightly coloured knits and modern tailoring; sophisticated showpieces that make helluva artistic statement. That ought not to overshadow a practical side: most of his garments are made from machine-washable fabrics, come with pockets, and – most importantly – flatter women’s figures. Small wonder that directional retailers like Leclaireur in Paris and Joyce in Hong Kong stock him. Eco factor: Known to oppose mass production, Malone collaborates with female Indian artisans who weave recycled yarns by hand, then colour them with plant-based dyes to reduce resources, as well as aid their community. Any excess fabric is archived for use in future collections.