As always, Central Saint Martins delivers an artistic genius. Liz Black’s A/W collection was unveiled to a rapturous reception as she conceptualized a new era in power dressing; a new silhouette, with the same attitude. Entitled ‘Concentric Thoughts’,  Black’s collection showcases her statement ‘circle’ bodysuit, seemingly a walking canvas, literally framing the empowered woman and highlighting her no-frills yet elegant stance in a demanding society where only impeccable tailoring and timeless style will do.

The collection features a muted palette of greys, an assortment of blues, and black and white on a sprinkling of simple separates including sensuede suit trousers and crisp white shirts.

An array of subtly futuristic dresses attribute heavily to the collection, with an evident inclination to the female silhouette, producing gorgeous, curvy outlines in mature silk organza, wool and peach-skin neoprene. The sleeveless dresses display cut-out circular panels at the front and back, giving them a deliciously understated sensuality.

With flecks of masculinity, the collection reveals boties and lapels sown onto the clothes, all extremely angular with smart, definitive, circular shapes and clear geometric lines influenced by Orphist artist Sonia Delaunay.

Gorgeous straight-cut trousers in teal and grey are paired with stunning suit jackets, all flaunting a different coloured sleeve to the rest of the jacket; white on grey, royal blue on black and grey on navy, staying consistent to the seemingly futuristic spin of the collection.

Pretty one-shouldered dresses and tiny shorts round up all the pieces; to add to all this pioneering glory is what can only be described as the most polishing of effects: a deliciously padded, winter-perfect, water-proof black silk coat, with a colossal hood and steadily rounded hem, as well as an equally glamorous, yet functional waistcoat version with a cute little bubble hood worn with tiny, black sensuede shorts and grey arm warmers.

A truly ground-breaking and novel collection with creative, wearable pieces, Black’s “Concentric Thoughts”  is awe-inspiring and brilliant. We can’t wait to see what’s next.

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