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London Fashion Week: Liz Black A/W ’13

February 18, 2013

FashionLFW | by Danny & Josh


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The atmospheric scene of Covent Garden’s Freemasons Hall made for the perfect setting for Liz Black’s autumn / winter ’13 ready-to-wear presentation, which took inspiration from Alice in Wonderland to create a mesmerising display. This season the designer once again was part of the prestigious Fashion Scout scheme alongside an impressive roster. Black’s ‘Wear Me’ show is the designer’s fifth ready-to-wear collection – the mad tea party setting was one of the most dynamic presentations we saw and is definitely one of my highlights of London Fashion Week so far. The models in the presentation were perfectly in character, dancing and weaving their way around the tea party set in whimsical fashion. The ‘Red Queen’  however was fabulous and stern in equal measure, striding about the place throwing red roses at onlookers and commanding all their attention.

 

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In terms of the collection, Black’s signature monochrome panelling was updated with highlights of crimson and navy and the introduction of abstract prints gave the looks more depth. The bread and butter of the collection are the dresses, which Black has made her calling card, with contrasting fabrics worked into body contouring panels that create sleek and elegant lines. Finishing touches such as cut-out pussybow detailing on necklines of dresses helped to anchor the femininity to an otherwise bold and strong collection, which encapsulates the Liz Black woman perfectly. Separates were coordinated and followed the same pattern, with jackets and shirts also panelled with interesting mixes of luxurious fabrics.

 

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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!

 

Jordan Porteous