Liz Black, emerging designers, River Island

Design Forum is a platform for collaborating with creative and exciting UK based designer talent. Previous emerging designers have included Eudon Choi, Katie Eary and Joseph Turvey for Autumn/Winter 2014, River Island is excited to announce Liz Black as the latest offering for the initiative.

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Liz Black takes inspiration from Russian Princess Anastasia Romanova the youngest daughter of the last sovereign of Imperial Russia, Tsar Nicholas II and his wife Tsarina Alexandra Fyodorovna. Anastasia is rumoured to have died in tragic circumstances but many believe she survived and made her way to freedom.

Liz Black, emerging designers, River Island

The colour palette ranges from black to midnight blue, with print in blues and greys. Sliver metal hardware details are dotted throughout like moonlight on tree tops.

With her background in print design, the exclusive print Black has created for this collection evokes the feeling of running through the Russian woods where Anastasia made her escape. A collection inspired by night for going out at night.

Big warm cuffs reminiscent of traditional Russian Muffs adorn the sleeves of a contemporary coat. Dresses adopt a corset silhouette as it was believed that a corset dotted with precious stones ensured Anastasia survived the tragic attack.

An oval clutch bag with an elegant metallic cover echoes the extensive collection of Faberge eggs owned by the Romanov family, as do the laser-cut Leather* perforations on several dresses and the stylish shoes. Sculpted separates in Scuba, wool and Leather* are sophisticated yet empower the female wearer.

Liz Black says:

“The first time I visited London I went shopping in River Island, where I ended up buying much more than I intended! I never imagined that 14 years later I would be asked to design a Capsule Collection especially for them. Working with the River Island team has been a fantastic experience and professionally very rewarding.”