November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
Liz Black shows her exclusive collection Spring/Summer 2012 in a press day celebrated at H.PR London Fashion Agency.
Gladiator Dress by Liz Black
Photo by Alistair Guy
November 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
On the 26th and 27th of October, Liz Black travelled to Dusseldorf to participate in Fashion Showcase 2011. Like always, she impressed everyone…
Liz Black’s Collection in Dusseldorf
(By Jane Johansen, UK Trade & Investment London International Trade/October 2011)http://www.fashion-net duesseldorf.de/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/servicebereich/diverses/Germany_brochureFV.pdf
LIZ BLACK is a luxury womenswear label based in London, aimed at the 25-40 year-old, sophisticated, professional, fashion-forward woman. An acclaimed graduate of Central Saint Martins College, Liz started her label in 2010. The brand reflects conceptual creativity with a focus on wearable statement pieces with timeless appeal; a minimalist and elegant aesthetic with an emphasis on structural shapes; impeccably tailored pieces that complement the feminine silhouette for the modern fashionista.
Visit objective: LIZ BLACK is looking to secure luxury/high-end stockists in the German market for its Spring/Summer 2012 and subsequent collections. Meetings with multi-label boutiques and high-end department stores will be welcomed.
September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
(By Samantha Sault/ September 2011 in Washington Life Magazine)
Fashionable Life: Brit Business Attire
Just because London fashion designers have never had a power lunch on Capitol Hill doesn’t mean they can’t dress you for one.
You may only hear about the most eccentric designers in London, but there are nonetheless a vast number who create flattering clothing for the modern woman that would work well even in Washington. If you walk past the massive catwalk tent and venture inside Somerset House, the historic arts building on the Thames that is the home of Fashion Week, you’ll find many incredible but little-known designers exhibiting in the massive London Fashion Week Exhibition.
Peridot London is one such brand. Creative Director Rachel Wilson is the granddaughter of Ernest Asser of the famed Turnbull & Asser on Saville Row, and she has developed a line that is quite simply “elegant and easy to wear,” her sales representative said. The key elements of the brand are fit and fabric, as the designs are perfectly tailored and made in all English fabrics, including some sumptuous leathers and a vibrant chartreuse silk.
Around the corner, you’re drawn in by a structured but minimalist white leather dress by Liz Black, named by Vogue Italia “a designer to watch out for.” After studying with designers like Emilio de la Morena and Diane von Furstenberg, Black launched her own line in 2010. For spring, she has feminine silhouettes in a minimalist, almost futuristic, style.
Photo by Samantha Sault
A new take on the feminine shape by designer Liz Black
July 29, 2011 § Leave a comment
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 Dior, John 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
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.
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.