With Malone opening February’s London Fashion Week in a flurry of sculptured silhouettes (their soundtrack a mish-mash of Rihanna and Wexford women traders) and Quinn closing the five-day spectacle with a Queen in his front-row, there’s no doubt that all industry eyes were on the Richards with Irish roots.
While Malone’s heritage manifests more tangibly in his designs, continually proving to stagger form and function with ease, Quinn was born and raised in England under Irish parents, and is currently showcasing his flora-filled pieces at BT CREATE until August 12 (following Malone’s buzz-inducing CREATE stint last year).
Both designers have also been entrusted with dressing extraordinary women this past year: Quinn’s bespoke, Met Gala two-piece for Amal Clooney, and Malone’s custom frock for Sinéad Burke, donned at a very special royal reception in Dublin.
Next month, they’ll reprise their roles at opposite ends of the fashion-week calendar – secure a prime seat and watch their success continue to somersault.
Words: Amelia O’Mahony-Brady