Richard Malone defined his lockdown as a sort of precious creative space, where free time has been a balm. It was the right moment to discover new fabrics, cut them, sew them, dye them and so on. The result of the whole is the Spring 2021 collection, which is dense, a bit dramatic and very personal. Sustainable as well, since it has all been hand made at home by the designer, with no new resources but only leftovers materials, old fabrics and recycled yarn. Something his clients are very attentive to.
Pieces are beautiful. Mini and midi dresses in ocre, dove grey and black. There is also a glimpse of bright baby blue, which gives freshness to the otherwise earthy palette. Details make all the difference. Ruffles are the real protagonist and create a gentle clash between garments and the body, wrapping model’s shapes and modifying them in an artwork. Maxi shoulders, patchwork corset and a couple of pieces with bow/knot details. The initial dresses develop around the central shaped bib.
Malone’s work as a designer is full and layered. The preciousness of the final clothes comes from his constant work on the female body, his willingness to enlighten it, pampered it and comfort it. The collection is indeed very soft and chilled: Malone himself usually tries his creations on, while making them, in order to understand how does it feel to wear his clothes, what is the sensation they give. On the other side, the attention to design, fabrics and production process make Malone a luxury designer, far from trends and the spotlight maybe, but engaged in a personal path of artistic expression and interest for Beauty.
Cover image courtesy: Richard Malone