Venezuelan-born Liz Black graduated from Central Saint Martins and having gained experience working alongside Emilio De La Morena, Elisa Palomino and Diane Von Furstenberg, set up her own label in 2010. Her label reflects her individual creativity in a minimal and elegant way. Her designs have appeared in many major fashion publications, nationally and internationally as well as being selected as one of the semi-finalist for the Prestigious Fashion Fringe Awards 2011. Liz’s collections have appeared on catwalks in London, Paris, Istanbul and Warsaw, rapidly gaining a celebrity following having been worn by flamboyant artist Lady Gaga amongst others.
What made you decide to start your own label?
Having my own brand has always been a dream of mine. I can be creative and I have absolute freedom with my designs.
It appears that art is a big inspiration for your designs, what particular artists do you draw from?
I love Art and Design in general. The Artists Sonia Delaunay and Markus Benesch have inspired two of my past collections.
What kind of women do you aim to target your collection at?
The Liz Black woman is sophisticated, independent and cosmopolitan. She is contemporary, intellectual and empowered, a woman with a successful and busy lifestyle.
What was it like working with Lady Gaga? How did she come across your work?
Lady Gaga’s fashion forward approach inspired my graduation collection in 2010. I then developed my first ready-to-wear line and a few showpieces. From this collection she selected the iconic ‘Circle Bow Dress’ outfit with the help of her stylists, which she wore on her visit to London. Subsequently, she then requested a few more pieces for one of her videos from SS12 collection.
If you could describe your collection in three words, what would they be?
Contemporary, minimal and elegant
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Showing on the catwalk at London Fashion Week would ultimately be one of the greatest things for Liz Black. Being able to develop our label into an international highly desirable luxury brand, attracting loads of attention and generating significant press and celebrity placements.
Where can we buy your collection?
Liz Black is sold in Secret Location (Vancouver), Con De Jone (Hong Kong) and OOAK (Shanghai) and 127 Brick Lane (London) and online.
WORDS: NICOLA ROYLE
ILLUSTRATION: CLAIRE A. THOMPSON