Liz Black is quickly becoming one of the most sought after designers in fashion today. This comes as no surprise given her impressive background. Black studied fashion design at London’s famous Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Many of the world’s most talented designers such as Zac Posen, Riccardo Tisci and Pheobe Philo were also graduates of the prestigious school. Black worked under many renowned designers, most notably Diane von Furstenberg, before branching out on her own.
Now with her own collection, Liz Black is thriving. There have been three main collections titled Arty Society, Concentric Thoughts, and Ready to Board. All of which consist of edgy, avant-garde designs that still manage to appeal to everyday women. In her own words, Black admits to having a strong focus on wearable statement pieces that are timeless.
My personal assessment of Liz Black and her designs are not dissimilar to her own. To my eye, everything is very architectural which makes the shape of each piece very important. Realizing the significance of the garment is crucial when styling or mixing it into your own wardrobe. For instance, one of my favorite pieces is the white silk and nappa leather dress with side pockets featured in Look 1 of Black’s Spring/Summer 2012 Ready to Board Show.
The shape, design, fit and fabric are what make this dress so amazing. The focus is on the dress, so the accessories have to compliment the dress – not compete with it. I suggest pairing it with a simple high heel either a metallic or nude. Stay away from black, which will appear too heavy. I also recommend a very clean simple clutch possibly in a color to top of the look. If it happens to be cold a leather piece or bolero will work best.