July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Claudia Behnke / June 2011)

Yohji Yamamoto Stylist Battle at the V&A

Dress by Liz Black

Photo by Sean Collymore

I was honoured to participate in the Yohji Yamamoto stylist battle at the Victoria and Albert Museum the other day hosted by Polona Anders and Ligaya Salazar. The other stylists competing were Paul Joyce and Hope von Joel. We were asked to recreate a Yohji look vs a look of one of the female designers he has been competing against throughout his career. My first look featured a designer that I admire for her art like work – Liz Black, the dress I choose was a masterpiece that already attracted a lot of attention on the way to the V&A – the sculpture and feel of the piece had a comme des garcon feel about it.  

 Dress by Liz Black

Photo by Sean Collymore

Yohji Yamamoto at

 (By Snappylifestyle/ May 2011)


The Victoria and Albert Museum

Circle Dress by Liz Black

Styled by Claudia Behnke


After a day of shooting, we headed down to the Friday Lates at the V&A to join in the celebration of Yohji Yamamoto’s world and check out the Yohji v Fashion History Stylist Battle.  One of the Snappylifestyle rabbits and stylist extraordinaire, aka Claudia Behnke was showing off her mad skills to the audience live.  With 4 stylist battles, 15 minutes each, one represents the ‘Yohji’ aesthetic, the other one of the female designers he always ‘battles’…Chanel, Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney, Comme des Garcons, Schiaparelli and Balenciaga.  Claudia worked her magic, won the public vote, but unfortunately not the judges vote. No matter what though, she is always a winner with us.  You will get them next time tiger! Grrrrrr.







July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Style on the Coach / March 2011)

International Women’s Day 2011

Another designer I have been admiring is Liz Black, whose designs I found via my friend Frances Poulton’s blog.  Frances often writes enthusiastically about young designers and those collectiones that catch her eye- Liz Black’s ‘Concentric Thoughts’.  

Liz Black, who estudies at Central Saint Martins college in London, has been named a designer to watch out for by Vogue Italia.  Her own label was created just last year, and something about the description of the Liz Black Woman feels fitting for International Women’s Day:

“The Liz Black woman is sophisticated and cosmopolitan. She is a daring yet elegant dresser; and intellectual and empowered woman, with a busy lifestyle who demands innovative designs of the highest quality.

The Liz Black label reflects conceptual creativity and a focus on wearable statement pieces with timeless appeal; a minimalist and elegant aesthetic with an emphasis on structural shapes; impeccably tailored and chic pieces that complement the femenine silhouette for the modern fashionista”.

Images from Fashion Fantasist


July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Faboutique)

Paris Fashion Week has started in great style and expectation, mainly around the speculation of the Dior creative genius John Galliano recently dismissed and accused of antisemitism. Amid all this suspense, great designers are exhibiting their amazing collections not only on the catwalks, but at Tranoi’s Montage Showroom in Paris. The designer Liz Black presents her A/W 11/12 collection “Concentric Thoughts”. During London Fashion Week I was invited to visit her Open Studio in London. I loved the whole collection, super creative! Her masterpieces are the ‘circle body suit’ and the ‘circle bow dress’, frame the empowered woman in a circle, achieving a superb visual effect.

Paris Fashion Week começou em grande estilo e expectativa, principalmente em torno da recém-demissão do grande gênio criativo da DiorJohn Galliano, acusado de antisemitismo. Em meio a todo esse burburinho, grandes designers estão expondo suas maravilhosas coleções, não somente nos catwalks, mas também em Tranoï’s Montaigne Showroom em Paris. Entre eles está Liz Black, que apresenta sua coleção A/W 11/12 “Pensamentos Concêntricos”. Durante o London Fashion Week, fui convidada para visitar seu estúdio em Londres. Amei toda a coleção, super criativa! Suas obras-primas são “body suit com gola em círculo” e o “vestido de laço em círculo”, que proporcionam um fantástico efeito visual.

Throughout the collection, shapes are further refined and then re-simplified, resulting in beautifully feminine silhuettes whilst at the same time integrating masculine influences such as bow ties, lapels and collars sewn into the garment themselves. The use of sensuede, neoprene, silk organza, cotton and wool combine to create an elegant aesthetic. “I was inspired by geometric shapes to develop my collection. And to turn all the volume and shapes into reality, I made them out of neoprene, very similar to the one worn by the surfers at the beach. The fabric is from France, the neoprene is from Scotland and I love peach skin fabric and organza as well ”, explains the designer Liz Black.

Em toda a coleção, formas são ainda mais refinadas e então re-simplificadas, valorizando a silhueta da mulher e ao mesmo tempo integrando as influências masculinas como gravatas, lapelas e golas nos vestuários. A utilização de sensuede, neoprene, silk organza, algodão e lã combinam-se entre si para criar uma elegante estética. “Inspirei-me nas formas geométricas para desenvolver minha coleção. E para tornar realidade todo o volume e estrutura dos vestidos, desenvolvi as peças com neoprene, similar ao utilizado pelos surfistas. Importo tecidos da França, o neoprene é da Escócia, e também utilizo bastante o ‘peach-skin’ e organza”, explica a designer Liz Black.

These are her three favourite dresses from her collection.

Esses são os três modelos favoritos de Liz Black de sua coleção.

Dá só uma olhada nas fotos e também nos modelos na vida real. O body-suit preto com gola em círculo é feito do “duvet”, isso mesmo, aquela coberta bem quentinha que usamos para nos cobrir à noite…

Just have a look at the pics and also the real ones. The circle body suit is made out of duvet, that’s right, the same one that we use to cover ourselves at night… 

Esse vestido é maravilhoso! Super estruturado, estampado só de um lado, e finalizado com tecido peach skin.
This dress is gorgeous! Well structured, great prints in just one side and super soft peach skin fabric.

The studio is very welcoming, bright and inspiring!

O local é super aconchegante, iluminado e inspirador.


July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

( By Rafaela Ricardo in Gutter Magazine/ February 2011)

Liz Black A/W 2011/12

As always, Central Saint Martins delivers an artistic genius. Liz Black’s A/W collection was unveiled to a rapturous reception as she conceptualized a new era in power dressing; a new silhouette, with the same attitude. Entitled ‘Concentric Thoughts’,  Black’s collection showcases her statement ‘circle’ bodysuit, seemingly a walking canvas, literally framing the empowered woman and highlighting her no-frills yet elegant stance in a demanding society where only impeccable tailoring and timeless style will do.

The collection features a muted palette of greys, an assortment of blues, and black and white on a sprinkling of simple separates including sensuede suit trousers and crisp white shirts.

An array of subtly futuristic dresses attribute heavily to the collection, with an evident inclination to the female silhouette, producing gorgeous, curvy outlines in mature silk organza, wool and peach-skin neoprene. The sleeveless dresses display cut-out circular panels at the front and back, giving them a deliciously understated sensuality.

With flecks of masculinity, the collection reveals boties and lapels sown onto the clothes, all extremely angular with smart, definitive, circular shapes and clear geometric lines influenced by Orphist artist Sonia Delaunay.

Gorgeous straight-cut trousers in teal and grey are paired with stunning suit jackets, all flaunting a different coloured sleeve to the rest of the jacket; white on grey, royal blue on black and grey on navy, staying consistent to the seemingly futuristic spin of the collection.

Pretty one-shouldered dresses and tiny shorts round up all the pieces; to add to all this pioneering glory is what can only be described as the most polishing of effects: a deliciously padded, winter-perfect, water-proof black silk coat, with a colossal hood and steadily rounded hem, as well as an equally glamorous, yet functional waistcoat version with a cute little bubble hood worn with tiny, black sensuede shorts and grey arm warmers.

A truly ground-breaking and novel collection with creative, wearable pieces, Black’s “Concentric Thoughts”  is awe-inspiring and brilliant. We can’t wait to see what’s next.


July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Emily Cronin in Elle UK/ May 2011)


Dress by Liz Black

Just think of what the members will say. Lady Gaga brought her slime tank and bondage-garbed back-up dancers to Annabel’s for an intimate set last night.

After arriving in a transparent animal-print crop top, matching leggings and a swathe of evergreen tulle, Gaga took to the stage to perform acoustic versions of five songs from her new album.

The 150-person audience—including Kate Moss and Florence Welch, wearing Mark Fast-was held rapt by Gaga’s on-stage antics, which extended to dancing in a tank of slime for one of the songs.

Earlier in the day, Gaga headed to ITV Studios wearing a disc-shaped white dress by Central Saint Martins graduate Liz Black. ‘The whole collection is very Lady Gaga,’ Black, who was just named as one of 11 Fashion Fringe semi-finalists, said. ‘I always hoped that she would wear one of my designs—I’m so grateful.’

And at some point between all of the shows, television appearances, consultancy work, video shoots and outfit changes, Gaga found time to write her first column for V Magazine. It’s a doozy: a 1,445-word paean to Andy Warhol, Yves Saint Laurent, and the artistic enlightenment of Lady Gaga. ‘The past undergoes mitosis, becoming the originality of the future,’ she says. More: ‘I have a passionate understanding of the history of many of the references that not only I have reinspired, but have been reinterpreted over centuries of fashion: where they came from, what they meant, and specifically how they became modern again. I have concurrently shown that I could “read you” in this subject, but I would rather reckon with the fact that many are clinging tightly to cultural divisiveness and leaving home without library cards.’

We love library cards!


(By Ella Alexander in Vogue/ May 2011)

Lady Gaga wearing Liz Black’s circle dress

FASHION FRINGE finalist Liz Black has already started building a celebrity following, beginning with Lady Gaga – who wore the label’s black and white circle dress, while in London last week.

“I am thrilled to see her wearing one of my pieces,” the designer tells us. “Since creating my pre-collection Arty Society, featured in Vogue Italia, I always hoped Lady Gaga would one day wear one of them, she has always been a great inspiration to me. The dress is sensational on its own, however on Lady Gaga it is extraordinary!”

Aside from dressing one of the world’s most famous stars, the Central Saint Martins graduate was recently chosen by Roland Mouret and Claudia Schiffer as one of the shortlisted Fashion Fringe designers – read the full story  here. Taken from Black’s debut autumn/winter 2011-12 collection, Gaga’s chosen dress is part of many futuristic yet minimal pieces.

“It was initially inspired by the artist Sonia Delaunay’s Circle canvas,” Black explains. “This piece was created to frame the empowered woman in a circle, achieving a superb visual effect, where her silhouette is beautifully highlighted – whilst at the same time integrating masculine influences such as bow tie and waistcoat elements.”




July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Felicity Shaw in Another Magazine/ February 2011)

Circle dress by Liz Black


July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Tranoi)


Cups Coat by Liz Black

A graduate of London’s prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, LIZ BLACK presents her subtly futuristic, minimalist AW 11/12 collection, Concentric Thoughts. The LIZ BLACK woman is sophisticated and cosmopolitan. She is a daring yet elegant dresser; an intelligent and empowered woman with a busy lifestyle who demands innovative designs of the highest quality. Her work combines conceptual creativity with a focus on wearable statement pieces with a timeless appeal; an elegant aesthetic with an emphasis on structural shapes; impeccably tailored, chic pieces that complement the feminine silhouette.


July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Samantha Southern in Kensington & Chelsea Review/August 2011)

Liz Black, the eponymous designer behind the future-fashion label, initially crossed the threshold into the world of fashion in an unconventional way which is also characteristic of her edgy design style. Sitting across from me in her studio, the confident and enthusiastic Liz Black, wearing, you’ve guessed it, black – an elegant yet understated silk shirt-dress – describes the journey that has taken her to where she is today, and where she will be in the future. Talking about her childhood in Venezuela, Black explains that her mother had always been interested in fashion, and had even had a small studio selling commercial items. However, she goes on to say that in her family there were “more dentists than fashion designers.” Consequently, when Black moved to England nine years ago, it was with the intention of furthering her dentistry studies with a Master’s degree. However, upon her arrival in London, Black reveals that the dynamics of the city coupled with a sense of adventure led her to take a year out of dentistry and try to do something else that she could enjoy. That inner “passion for fashion” guided Black towards her first higher education course in fashion at Kensington & Chelsea College, where it all began. Black mentions how grateful she is to her tutor there, who was always “supportive”, and it is thanks to her perfectionism that Black now has a “fixation for high quality”. Of her studies at Kensington & Chelsea College, Black says that her technical skills were gained there, and she warmly recounts her time there, detailing how she would often have breakfast nearby in one of the numerous Portuguese cafés, followed by a wander around Portobello market. After leaving Kensington & Chelsea College, Black went on to study a BA in Fashion Print Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design. During her time there, Black became utterly immersed in the world of fashion, culminating in her winning first prize in the college’s 2007 Sustainable Ethical Fashion project. Black further honed her fashion skills with a series of internships. She worked with Kensington-based Emilio de la Morena for three seasons and cemented her style status with a move to New York’s trendy Meatpacking District, where she worked for Elisa Palomino and Diane von Furstenberg. Speaking very highly about both designers, Black says of Furstenberg that “she checks on everybody and she’s always got a big smile on her face” and that “it was a fun and valuable experience.” However, having always lived in Bayswater, West End woman Black claims that all her inspiration comes from that area, and so after three months the States, she hopped back across the pond to begin her own womenswear fashion brand, Liz Black, in 2010.

“Black’s bold, unapologetic designs are both elegant and timeless”

The first ready-to-wear collection for autumn/winter 2011 called ‘Concentric Thoughts’ is a mix of both wearable and statement pieces. The choice of a muted colour palette (black, white, blue, shades of grey and the occasional mauve) throughout gives Black’s designs a minimalistic, yet timeless and elegant aesthetic. Black describes the collection as “quite bold and quite graphic”, with an emphasis on the circular form to complement womanly curves. Pieces such as the inky blue Bubble Skirt, made from silk organza, and the Front Circle Dress, made out of wool jersey, sumptuously showcase Black’s femininity-enhancing style, and yet the “cold” colours and immaculate tailoring make these garments both functional and wearable. The Little Black Dress made from neoprene continues to establish this collection as one of sophistication, and yet Black conceives an edgy take on a timeless classic with the cut-out hole in the back of the dress creating a certain amount of mystery and sex appeal. When asked about who her collection was aimed at, Black responded with: “an intellectual woman, not just a girlie-girl that lives to be sexy”. She continues to say that her ‘woman’ has got “more than that inside, and, of course, being so strong provides sex appeal as well”. Whilst the emphasis on the contours of the circle dominates this collection, Black not only utilizes them to redefine a woman’s figure, but uses the circle in new and inspiring ways. Black juxtaposes the sensuous padded waterproof silk used for both the black Hooded Coat and black Waistcoat, for example, or the sensuede used for the Cups Coat with characteristics that give these garments an edge of toughness. In a futuristic venture, these clothes are not made just to be bought; Black creates her garments to become a part of you, almost like armour. About this, Black says that her clothes are designed to be “protective to your body…edgy, but really doing something functional at the same time”. It’s no surprise to hear, then, that Black’s futuristic pieces have already been snapped up by one particularly edgy and strong woman. In May, none other than Lady Gaga stepped out of a London hotel wearing Liz Black’s Circle Bow Dress, which immediately rocketed Black to the dizzying heights of international fashiondom. Black recounts the experience by saying that, initially, she couldn’t even understand what was being said, after being bombarded with people calling and texting her to ask: “Is that Lady Gaga wearing your dress?”. After realising the true potential of the piece, she soon went about creating the more “wearable” Panda Dress for the new collection; a similar design, but without the intensity of the backing “planet” shape. Phenomenally, this is all in a year’s work for Liz Black, who (fortunately for today’s fashion-hungry) has no intention of slowing down any time soon.

Pieces from ‘Concentric Thoughts’ will be available to buy from August at the avant-garde 127 Brick Lane, with the full collection being stocked in Notting Hill’s Wolf & Badger from November. Black admits that: “I haven’t had time in the last year to think much about my personal life”, but explains that: “I feel this is my baby, and every new collection is a new child”. And the fashion world will be eternally thankful for this, as Black gave the Kensington and Chelsea Review an exclusive look at the designs and sketches for the next collection. Continuing to showcase her fashion futurism with a wearable style, Black describes the spring/summer 2012 collection as “more sharp”, working “away from the boldness and away from the circle” patterns of autumn/winter 2011’s designs. “This time, it’s more about angles and corners”, so expect to see pieces inspired by vintage suitcases, with an abundance of 3D structures and leather on display.

Liz Black may be the new kid on the fashion block, but her futuristic take on timeless elegance has already firmly established her as a cult favourite. Watch out wallflowers, the futuristic Liz Black and her conceptual fashion art” is here to stay: an ultramodern hybrid of strong, beautiful, intellectual woman and, hell, she’s got the clothes to back it up.




July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Fashion Fantasist Blog/ February 2011)

Circle dress by Liz Black

This is Liz Black‘s debut Autumn/Winter 2011/12 collection. Concentric Thoughts presents a subtle, futuristic, minimalist look. It consists of impeccably tailored statement pieces that have timeless appeal.

‘Concentric Thoughts aims to appeal to the intellectual woman who demands innovative designs of the highest quality whilst managing a busy lifestyle.’

Liz graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her degree collection, ‘Arty Society’, featured geometric and circular shapes, inspired by the Orphist artist Sonia Delaunay and beautiful prints influenced by the work of abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock.

Hooded Coat by Liz Black

Concentric Thoughts signature pieces, The Circle Body Suit and The Circle Bow Dress ‘…frame the empowered woman in a circle, achieving a superb visual effect. Through out the collection, shapes are further refined and then re-simplified, resulting in beautifully feminine silhouettes whilst at the same time integrating masculine influences such as bow ties, lapels and collars sewn into the garments themselves. The use of sensuede, neoprene, silk organza, cotton and wool combine to create an elegant aesthetic.’

Cups Coat by Liz Black

Vogue Italia has described her as a ‘designer to watch out for’ and Fashion 156 has named her the author’s ‘personal womenswear highlight’. In 2010 she won Ysh London’s ‘Best in Show Competition’ and AKDK’s e-Creative ‘Best Emerging Fashion Designer’ award.

So I am very excited to see what comes next from this obviously very talented designer.

Fashion Fantasist xx


July 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

(By Antonio Feuillebois in Bright Light Fright/ May 2011)


A few weeks ago i found images of Liz Black aw 11/12 pre-collection, which is her graduate collection while in one of those insomniac but productive late night re-searches, and I just simply fell in love with her realistic and minimal, yet futuristic, super sharp and clean geometric aesthetic. Liz Black is a graduate from Central Saint Martins, and has been described by Vogue Italia as “a designer to watch out for”. Her career after graduating manages to mix different design aesthetics, working for Emilio de la Morena, Diane Von Furstenberg and Elisa Palomino, she then launched her label under the name “Liz Black” last year, presenting her first ready-to-wear womenswear collection in aw 11/12 called: “Concentric Thoughts”. The whole collection speaks for itself. It’s consistent and serves as a continuation or more like a second chapter of her graduate collection. Something that was completely interesting was the way she used unexpected fabrics putting them together and making them work perfectly creating a symbiosis between the dualism of the fabrics, and the use of geometric circular shapes. One of the many examples is the silk organza midnight blue bubble skirt which is attached to the front circle wool dress; the use of “sensuede”, which is a fabric made out entirely of recycled polyester micro fiber perfectly illustrated in the “cups coat” (the red wine coat with bustier details on the bodice); and, or, the use of neoprene that is a synthetic type of rubber clearly shown in the front circle royal blue top with matching side circles skirt. My personal favorite, and the look I believe is the highlight of this collection, the structured circular bodysuit with a splashed print inspired on expressionist artist Jackson Pollock work. It entirely captivates the minimal yet futuristic aesthetic of the whole collection. Definitely a designer to watch out for.

(Promo Pictures)

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