Autumn/Winter 2013 was heavily influenced by art. Dali’s artwork, for example, has been intrinsically involved with the fashion industry and has served for inspiration to many designers throughout the years. One of his paintings, auctioned at Christie’s this month, was commissioned for Vogue’s October 1943 issue, proving how art and fashion do work together.
Liz Black’s Autumn/Winter 2014 presentation is another favourite. Not that I’m biased because I‘ve met her previously, or because she’s Venezuelan, but the whole Salvador Dali concept was completely unexpected in an interesting and entertaining presentation during London Fashion Week. Very unusual make-up of mock-outraged eyes, and pony tails that felt like someone was pulling the models from the back, moustache and red lippy dresses. The models opened the show as they simulated coming out of an egg and submerged into Dali’s dramatic life. The models had plenty of space to exhibit the beautifully-made pieces in crepe and jersey, delicate tiers of chiffon, and sleek and leather-panelled tailoring. Leather and neoprene is one of Liz Black’s iconic textures, but this season leather was clearly the protagonist. The surrealism came out in 3-D moustache appliques, the most noticeable one on the chest of the camel midi-skirt dress.
The nude dress with the huge red lips surrounding the hips absolutely blew my mind… I’m not sure if it would give the best feminine shape, as you might feel like a Queen ant while walking with it on, but that wouldn’t bother me at all. Imagine that dress combined with the classic LuLu Guinness lips clutch? Red lippy galore!