Emerging Designer Liz Black For 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.”

September 25, 2014

Top 5 Summer Fashion Trends

When it comes to pulling off the latest fashion trends, there’s often a fine line between wow, woah and oh no! Sometimes it can just seem all too overwhelming, because as soon as one trend is in, it’s over, and then you’re stuck with a wardrobe full of jeggings and mullet dresses – what were we thinking?

The best way to avoid all that but still stay on trend is to find pieces that suit your personal taste and combine them with more classic styles. Read on for our top 5 summer fashion trends, from glamorous embellishments to pure white pieces to pair with a tan.

White, white, white

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It’s all about crisp, clean silhouettes and sculptural pieces. Contrast your more casual items, like a classic white t-shirt, with a dressier piece – like a white blazer or tuxedo pants. Consider layering sheer fabrics with different textures for something a little edgier. Or if you can’t fathom wearing head-to-toe white, break up a white piece with metallic or holographic accessories.

One word of advice: be careful – white is a little too easy to get dirty!


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Look for conversational pieces that make a statement. The beauty is in the details, and details are what this trend is all about. Whether you opt for a sequinned dress or choose a more subtle approach by teaming your favourite jeans with a simple cami with embellished detail and heels for a night out, make the trend work for you – don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Mixing Prints and Textures

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Clashing prints and textures may have once been a definite fashion don’t – but this season, the rules have changed. Feel free to mix stripes with graphic prints, lace with fur, coloured leathers with sheer silks – it’s all about having fun. Look for key pieces that have contrasting elements.

Bold Colours and Bright Prints

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This summer is all about a colour explosion! Make a statement with bold colours and bright prints, from jackets, dresses, accessories and everything else in between. If too much colour isn’t really your style, spice up a classic colour block dress with some neutral accessories.

Posh Pastels

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For this trend, think ladylike classics with a modern twist. Beautiful feminine dresses in lace or luxe fabrics, flowing skirts and sheer tops – all in pretty pastels, especially pink. If you want a different take, contrast sheer tops with leather or metallic bottoms and team with bold accessories to make this trend your own.

What are your favourite summer fashion trends?

All pieces are from the latest River Island collection available at au.riverisland.com.

November 25, 2013