Public transport furnishings have rarely been this appealing.
With this cheeky inspiration in mind, Richard Malone produced an upbeat collection strong on visual effects and happy, unobtrusive colors — cue floral tapestry and mathematically arranged graphic patterns (math was his favorite subject in school) in turquoise, white, burnt orange and peacock blue. These looked particularly tempting on some outerwear options done in hand-quilted wool. The coats, in various lengths, sat low on the shoulder and provided extra room around the elbows, but were not overwhelmingly oversize like so many looks this season. There were also bell bottoms with tunic tops and matching belt bags, resembling aprons for a workwear-inspired vibe, while full-length skirts impressed with handsome flares, asserting the designer’s reputation as a proper pattern maker.
Malone also walked that extra mile to source the materials in a sustainable fashion: he fetched the yarns in the Himalayas and charged artisans in India to hand-weave the fabrics, which have been dyed naturally, informing the slightly retro, but engaging color palette. “It took a long time to get the vivid colors, but then that’s the whole point of it,” he noted. Thumbs up to the slow-fashion approach.