RICHARD MALONE

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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.

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