LFW AW13/14 Fashion Scout Presentation

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Wonderland has manifested itself within Liz Black’s new AW13/14 collection. The show was structured around a tea party with a modern twist. Filled with cupcakes and fabulous tableware, this was not just any tea party. The presentation itself consisted of an interactive show with three models, the Hatter, the Queen and the Rabbit who acted out their parts, but the main collection was presented on the chequer board panels around the outside, like warriors ready for battle.

Muted tones of burgundy and navy streamline the female form, which emphasise the darker personality of Wonderland.  This, coupled with the use of woollen gabardine and silk crepe, draws attention to the fragmented but controlled surroundings of Wonderland.  It also focuses on the timeless and refined aesthetic of the brand.

Injections of signature abstract prints really transport one’s mind into the eclectic nature of Alice’s ever-changing environment.  Alice’s natural innocence and vulnerability is reflected in the use of silk chiffon and soft suede, encapsulating the sense of bold and daring femininity associated with the Liz Black woman.

 The show enabled the audience to immerse themselves within the chaotic but controlled world of Wonderland. It allowed them to play the character of Alice and be subjected to the cruel and stoic nature of the Queen.

‘An accomplished collection from a designer who has found and honed her design aesthetic, make sure to keep her on your radar as she is definitely on ours!’ – Candid Magazine

‘Our favourite pieces were the white “V” neck dress, worn by one of the models, and the red wool dress with a velvet fan on the side’ – The Designer Lookbook

‘One of the reasons I find the collection so memorable is because of the theatricality in which it was presented, but that doesn’t stop it being a strong collection all the same’ – British Style Bloggers

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The Collection

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The Collection

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The Queen – Heart Dress.

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The Rabbit – Rabbit Dress.

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The Hatter – Hatter Dress.

Fashion Scout Presentation – Behind the Scenes

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Backstage at the Liz Black Fashion Scout presentation was  a mixture of frantic excitement and creativity. The Toni&Guy team and The Body Shop were on hand to transform the models into Liz’s vision, and allow the characters of Wonderland to come alive.

The chosen hairstyle was very structured which mirrored the exaggerated forms of the garments. The make-up was chosen to highlight the different characters, but in a very simplistic and effortless way.

Make- up – The Body Shop.

Hair – Toni&Guy.

Nails – Pebbles Aikens and her team.

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The Body Shop provided the make-up for the experimenting to begin.

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The Toni&Guy team were ready to prep, style and transform!

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The Hatter getting ready for showtime.

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The Queen coming to life.

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Getting the collection ready for showtime.

SS13 Press Day

April 21, 2013 § Leave a comment

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An amass of pink balloons covered the floor at the SS13 press day presentation. Garments hung effortlessly on black rails, allowing the colours to pop. Injections of colour and unexpected cuts and shapes, have truly allowed Liz’s vision to come to life. The palette revolves around the femininity of pink and the simple strength of black and shades of white. Architecture has played an underlying part within this collection, and allowed imaginations to run rampant, and share in her vision of being both bold and daring, but allowing femininity to reign.

“The collection continues the brands ethos of complimenting the feminine silhouette, without pushing its creative flair into overly directional territory” – Fashion156.com

‘The overall high-scale of elegancy lies in the balanced usage of textural proportions, as well as in the colour palette of lady-like pale pinks and strong blacks” – Dash Magazine

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Alice Lowe pictured centre wearing ‘Dress B2’ from Liz Black A/W 1213 ‘Superheroine Chic’

June 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Alice Lowe pictured centre wearing 'Dress B2' from Liz Black A/W 1213 'Superheroine Chic'

Alice Lowe pictured wearing Liz Black in Cannes this summer. The simple yet statement Dress B2 from Liz Black A/W 1213 collection ‘Superheroine Chic’ Alice blogged ‘I have somehow, with the help of my agent’s assistant, convinced amazing designer, Liz Black, to lend me a dress…’ expressing her delight!

LIZ BLACK IN FUSSED MAGAZINE

May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

In the Summer issue of Fussed Magazine, Liz Black, along with two other Central Saint Martin graduates are profiled in ‘The Up and Coming Interview‘. Liz’s interview is below.

How would you define your label and the aesthetic it represents?

Liz: Liz Black is a luxury womenswear label that reflects conceptual creativity with a minimal and elegant aesthetic. Its focus is on wearable statement pieces with a timeless appeal, emphasising chic and impeccably tailored structures that complement the feminine silhouette.

What’s inspiring you right now?

Liz: Adventures, secrets and nonsense.

What is the label’s take on Summer 2012?

Liz: For us, Summer is less about floaty chiffons and more about a strong, clean feminine aesthetic with hard-edged shapes: the image of a sharp-thinking intellectual woman. The lines, details, textures and angles that make up these wearable pieces point towards freedom as well as security, empowering the woman on the journey through her energetic lifestyle.

How valuable has your degree been to your work?

Liz: During my degree at Central Saint Martins I learnt how to exploit and use my creativity wisely. It is the fundamental factor of being a great designer. Just like their prestigious alumni will always make Saint Martins proud, the prestigious talents and knowledge I gained whilst studying there will always remain a part of me.

 How valuable were the work experience/internship placements you undertook in understanding your own brand and the way you approach your work?

Liz: My work placements have certainly been an invaluable tool in understanding myself as a designer. I got to work with some of the best designers out there and I learnt a lot with them. Working with Emilio de la Morena gave me the opportunity to see how all of the many aspects of running a young fashion business operate and fit together, which is important now that I am running my own label. During my time at Diane von Furstenberg in New York I was in charge of a team that gave me good experience of managing and delegating work to others. It also showed me how things work at the other end of the scale in terms of size – and certainly gave me something to aim for!

What has been the most defining/proudest moment of your career so far?

Liz:The day that I got the key to my studio was epic. With the key came the opportunity of creative freedom, leading me to be nominated for various awards such as Best Emerging Fashion Designer 2010 and Fashion Fringe 2011.

Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Liz:Showing on the catwalk at London Fashion Week would ultimately be one of the greatest achievements, together with collaborating with other design disciplines. LIZ BLACK as a brand will be developed into an international highly desirable luxury label attracting global attention and generating significant press and celebrity placements. In time, we hope to be a well-established name in the world of luxury fashion.

Finally, what advice would you give to current students/soon-to-be graduates studying fashion-related courses?

Liz: Embrace fashion with passion, go out there and get as much experience as possible and, whatever you do, do it with excellence. If you still enjoy it after all of that, then you’re the right person for the job.

See the full article here

LIZ BLACK IN FIASCO MAGAZINE

May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

In Fiasco’s latest issue, titled The Blue Issue, Liz Black is named as the ‘Designer to Watch‘. An interview with Liz is accompanied by editorial shots of her Autumn/Winter 2012-13 collection ‘Superheroine Chic‘.

 

Far Left – Long Fitted Jersey Dress with Long Leather Corset. Top Right – Grey Neoprene Jacket and Trousers. Bottom Right – Leather Detail Jacket and Skirt

See the full issue here

 

LIZ BLACK IN WINTOUR MAGAZINE

May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Wintour Magazine is published by the students of North London Collegiate School and was inspired by a previous student of the school, Anna Wintour herself. It is sold in and out of the school with all proceeds going to charity.

Liz was profiled in the magazine with an interview and accompanying editorial of her Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection.

Issue No.02 Cover
 
Leyly (left) wears the Blue Coat with Belt and Celeste (right) wears the Front Circle Dress with Bubble Skirt from Liz Black’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection.
 
Celeste (left) wears the Little Black Dress and Leyly (right) wears the Circle Bow Dress.
 
Celeste wears Little Black Dress (as above)
 

LIZ BLACK IN AYA MAGAZINE

May 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Liz Black’s Bow Circle Dress (as worn by Lady Gaga) was featured in the Curious Lost World editorial for As You Are Magazine.

Liz Black’s Bow Circle Dress from her Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection
 

SOPHIA BLACKBURN IN LIZ BLACK AT THE BRITS 2012

May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

London and Paris-based singer/songwriter Sophia Blackburn wore Liz Black’s Christy Dress, from her Spring/Summer 2012 collection, to the 2012 BRIT Awards.

LIZ BLACK FEATURE IN L’AUTRE MAGAZINE

May 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

Liz Black’s Autumn/Winter 2011-12 collection was the focus of a feature in L’Autre Magazine this February.