AW17 is a season of color, playfulness and femininity. Mary Alice Malone, Designer and Creative Director of Malone Souliers captivated everyone this London Fashion Week with a live artisan workshop demonstrating her skills in her trade during her LFW presentation. This year her collection is primarily inspired by the work of American artist, Pat Steir, and her interpretation of Chinese landscape paintings, an ethereal bridge to the interior of the artist’s minded longings.
The painted works of Madame Steir balance colour with form, birthing emotion, spontaneity and experiment.Journeying on tireless feet, Mary Alice devoted the Summer months to further study of Chinese Art as an expression of the Taoist meditative practices and closely observed links with the flow of nature and the instinctive harmony the world is as used [yet momentarily alien] to.
In a similar fashion to Pat’s, with Malone Souliers, Mary Alice continues to search, to figure, to allow, in such cerebral play with the cross-section of the insecurity, insufficiency, and megalomania of being a maker. Organic to its biology, and attentive to womanhood, her shoes which ultimately pay submissive homage to femininity remain in obeisance to subtlety, cleverly placing straps and drawing lines that elongate the leg, as though to remind of their sovereignty in both function and ascribed vanity.
The new offerings for AW17 are, selfishly and collectively, remarkable, and altogether basically and simply connected through the use of new fabrics such as lurex, lacquered finishes on signature heels and the introduction of an exclusively printed Chinese Landscape silk across three colours.
The Malone Souliers x Autumn/Winter 2017 collection will be available to purchase in store and online from June 2017.