September 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Arts Thread)

Liz Black is a celebrated graduate of the acclaimed Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London.  Her degree collection, “Arty Society”, featuring geometric and circular shapes. Vogue Italy described her as “a designer to watch out for”.

Having gained  experience of the London and New York fashion scenes with Emilio de la Morena, Diane von Furstenberg and Elisa Palomino, Liz decided to create her own label in 2010.


September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

Last night the launch of e-Creative directory, part of AKDK Group, was held in Kingly Street where dozens of graduates joined AKDK Group for the announcement of the best emerging designers of the year.
In an exciting atmosphere Aliya Kistau on behalf of the judges awarded the 13 shortlisted graduates. Liz Black was awarded by Clara Mercer, British Fashion Council, the “Best Emerging Fashion Designer” and received a trophy for being the ‘overall winner’ of e-Creative 2010/11.


September 24, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Delphine in YSH London Fashion/June 2010)

The entires are in, counted, and been heavily scrutinised by our panel of judges. But we came to an unanimous decision – YshLondon’s Best in Show competition winner is Liz Black. A big thank you to all our fantastic competition entrants for ‘Best in Show’ YshLondon was astouned by the quality and varity of level of work from this year’s fashion and textiles graduates. But there had to be an overall winner and Liz Black stole the show!

Since graduating Liz has received much press attention to her collection YshLondon rst featured Liz in our Graduate Fashion Week round-up this June. She is welcoming commissions collaborations and interesting projects and is currently working on her own womenswear brand whilst jugging a fashion business course and showcasting her collection at exhibitions and trade fairs. Phew!

YshLondon is sure this will not be the last we hear of Liz.

Good luck Liz, and we hope you gain inspiration from the Horrockses exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum.

                                                        Cerulean and grape paint-splattered cotton sateen was cut into

                                                        orb-like tops and dresses with one look incorporating a visor

                                                        headpiece that Esther Williams would’ve been proud to wear.


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By “Who makes us” Blog)

Not about what is newest but what is nice, we started wmu to keep all our inspiring finds in one place for our fellow creatives. We came together at pearlfisher, a design agency in london and a place where good looking stuff is always welcome.
The fashion course at central saint martins have their graduate work on show at the moment. the course comprises of five pathways; womenswear, menswear, knitwear, print, fashion design with marketing and fashion communication & promotion. based at 107 charing cross rd the show is open to the public 18-24 June 12-8pm (6pm on 24th June and closed on Sunday)”.

 Last business card: Fashion and print designer Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Natasha Paulini in Grove Great British Life/ June 2010)

Local Fashion Students Debut

“Liz Black was chosen to show after a highly competitive process to represent Central Saint Martin’s College at a Press Show in Bethnal Green where emerging talent was assessed by the nation’s press. The final year fashion design student created a womanswear collection of 8 looks in five months, which were inspired by Jackson Pollock’s directional art. The college has launched the careers of the leaders of British fashion, including Stella McCartney, John Galliano, Gareth Pugh and the late Alexander McQueen.”



September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment


(By Rachael Bridge in The Coterie  / June 2010)

What started out as a wet, dreary week ended on a skyscraper high, as we jetted between the Graduate Fashion Week and London College of Fashion graduate shows.

Situated in the Old Town Hall of Bethnal Green, the fabulously hip Town Hall Hotel & Apartments hosted the L’Oréal Professionnel pre-show party, where industry folk gathered to celebrate the 10-year relationship between Central Saint Martins College and L’Oréal Professionnel, before the much-anticipated BA Honours Fashion show. We were whisked to York Hall alongside Adam Reed, Darren Fowler and Nick Williams for the show, which showcased a flurry of clashing prints and tropical hues that dominated the runway. Tribal and intergalactic themes coursed through the collections, alongside inspiring headwear with oversized inanimate objects and plumes of feathers. The show finished with Sorcha O’Raghallaigh’s models stalking on stilts, like monster flamingos in bejewelled knits.

David Koma presented the award to the Second Runner-up, Alex Mullians, while Alexandra Shulman’s mother, Drucilla, congratulated Phillip Patterson with First Runner-up Prize. Catherine McMahon, Portfolio accounts manager from L’Oréal Professionnel, concluded the event with a short speech and the L’Oréal Professionnel Award for Young Talent, which went to Yi Fang Wan. We left wanting more!

Right by Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

BA Fashion Show 2010/08 Jun 2010

“Every year I find a great sense of wonder. This show never fails to delight. What I love about it is that it’s extreme, outrageous and utterly impossible. These are the sorts of clothes that really excite.”
(Colin McDowell introducing the BA Fashion show at York Hall, Bethnal Green)

Dress by Liz Black


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Sophie Hill in Amelia’s Magazine/ June 2010)

Central Saint Martins BA Fashion Show at York Hall 

40 graduates showed their work at the Central Saint Martins BA Degree Show this year, combining eccentric creativity with well-mastered skill. From wild African carnival-like ensembles, to upholstered outerwear, and from inflatable swimwear to paintbrush-shaped headwear…

Catwalks ranged from vibrant, quirky, carnival-like processions, to romantic, tailored, and intricate. Having been a bit out of the loop for the last year, to see such vast amounts of creativity under one roof was quite overwhelming, and equally inspiring. The show took place in Bethnal Green’s York Hall, which, for those of you who haven’t been, is rather a grand setting. Built in the 1920s, it’s vastly high ceilings and simple design creates a high-brow feel, and a lovely stage for CSM graduates.

Moon-like cape cum cloche-hats designed by Liz Black were inventive and flattering. Splattered with pollock-esque ink splats and teamed with drain-pipe jeans.

Dress: Liz Black, photography by Matt Bramford

 As Colin McDowell exclaimed at the end of the show: “Extreme, outrageous, exciting… utterly impossible.’ I couldn’t agree more.


September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

(By Barbara Grispin in Vogue Italia/ June 2010)

Liz Black at Vogue Italia

Where would you see robots, Blade Runner characters, magical animal prints, full horses heads on cardigans and a whole living room integrated into knitwear?

Well the answer is simple: at The Central Saint Martins Fashion BA graduation show that took place at York Hall on Tuesday the 1st of June in London showcasing 40 of the college best talents. With tremendous wit and highly original collections, as the official commentator Colin McDowell remarked, the students this year have also shown incredible abilities and unconventional approaches where fantasy, colour and freedom were predominant and in complete contrast with the minimalism of the past MA graduation show of last February.

Something incredible of London is how much students respect and embrace the pioneering paths opened by other graduates, who now show successfully under the London Fashion Week umbrella, and work at make it their own. This year the impressive reference was obvious and predominant made to Louise Gray’s free approach to knitwear and chromatism as well as to Meadham Kirchhoff’s use of delicate fabrics with unfinished edges, unconventional cutting and particular hues making you realise what kind of impact this young designers have not only on a global fashion arena but also how much they influence the generations to come. Other influencing references where easily spotted about London’s heroes Christopher Kane and Marios Schwab although this is much more visible effect in the official fashion calendars worldwide than in the graduates shows.

The BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins has earned an international reputation for producing innovative and highly creative designers who have made outstanding and directional contributions in fashion fuelling the creativity worldwide for many years. Graduates include influential names such as John Galliano, Hussein Chalayan, Antonio Berardi, Matthew Williamson and Stella McCartney.

Many graduates also cover design positions with important fashion houses throughout the world, such as Burberry, Paul Smith, Etro, Alberta Ferretti, Prada, Versace, Martin Margiela, Kenzo, Dior, Chloe, Louis Vuitton Donna Karan and Comme des Garçons amongst others.

Each year, a number of BA graduates also undertake the MA postgraduate level. It is from here that talents who made strong marks in the global fashion scene like Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Marios Schwab, Richard Nicoll, Mary Katrantzou and many other directional designers have all successfully graduated from.

Fundamental to study at the College are experimentation, risk-taking, questioning and discovery; the philosophy of Central Saint Martins is to provide a learning environment in which innovation, invention and originality will be developed within a range of different, but closely related, fashion pathways and strong interdisciplinary art studies. This transversal approach to academics forms the alumni in parallel as artists and designers allowing the most creative talents to flourish and delight the world.

From this year graduation course the winners were:

Yi Fan Wang, 1st Prize – The L’Oreal Professionnel young talent award, womenswear.
Philip Patterson, 1st runner up, menswear.
Alex Mullins, 2nd runner up, fashion print.

Other designers to watch out for: Liz Black, print; Cynthia Max, print; Onez Lau, knitwear, Sorcha O’ Raghallaigh, knitwear; Nicholas Smith, menswear; Hiroko Nakajima, knitwear.

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