Yesterday afternoon, we were invited to designer Liz Black’s SS/13 showcase at her tucked away London-based studios. Liz is a Central Saint Martins Graduate whose career has seen her working with leading designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Emilio de la Morena, and Elisa Palomino. She launched the Liz Black label in 2010 and this season will mark her fourth ready-to-wear collection. In such a reasonably short time, her label has already received quite the acclamation, with Sara Maino, Senior Fashion Editor of Vogue Italia naming her as ‘Vogue Talent’ and Roland Mouret selecting her as a semi-finalist for the prestigious Fashion Fringe Awards 2011.
More About the Label
Liz explained that her label reflects conceptual creativity with a minimal and elegant aesthetic, her typical customer is someone who is elegant and sophisticated yet nonetheless fashion forward. The label is comprised of statement pieces with tailored structures that exude femininity and timeless appeal.
Liz Black SS/13
We were welcomed into the showcase with champagne and cute little cupcakes, the floor had been filled with hot pink balloons (and we mean filled, as in totally covered!), which made for such a fun, party mood.
The collection was inspired by a trip along the River Thames that mixed London’s floral beauty with its stunning architecture, and the range aims to capture the beautiful contrast that can be created when such unusual mediums (like old and new) collide. Traditional feminine silhouettes are tweaked with subtle structure, as the colour palette plays with black, white, and pinks. Even the textures clash as delicate silks are layered with more traditional wools and jerseys.
The pieces were gorgeous, and particularly perfect for the business women amongst us, as the structured dresses implied power dressing, yet the contrasting colours and strategic layers made for an up-to-date fashionable approach. Check out our fav pieces above, or pop over to the Liz Black website to view the full collection.