A ship sailing without a design captain: Malo's creative team shook things up by distancing themselves from the chunkier knits the brand is known for and instead exploring the diaphanous capabilities of silk, linen and cotton plisse.
Fit for a true metropolitan sophisticate, the collection included an array of skirt ensembles that possessed a 1960s Upper East Side polish and echoed the spirit of the fresh, minimalist, white-washed designs spotted on the catwalks of New York and London this season.
The metallic accents, brocade and jacquard effects that were fashioned into knit suits, turned things up a notch, eradicating any trace of frump in the collection. Neutrals played a leading role, especially in offsetting the black tropical inspired prints.
Despite this period of corporate and creative transition, the brand still reported an uptick in sales and is expected to open three stores in Japan this year.
Since Malo's former owner went into bankruptcy protection and the brand was later sold, the knitwear label has seen famous designers like N 21's Alessandro Dell'Acqua and Tommaso Aquilano and Roberto Rimondi walk in and out of its doors. In June, the company hinted that it may hire an artistic director in the near term.