Q&A

LIZ MITCHELL fash­ion de­signer

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What will the big­gest fash­ion trend be this sea­son?

Knitwear and tai­lor­ing are both grow­ing trends – be­spoke de­signs cre­ate in­di­vid­ual in­vest­ment pieces.

What is the dif­fer­ence be­tween your cou­ture and made-to-mea­sure ser­vices?

Be­spoke cou­ture de­signs are one-off, which can be im­por­tant for lead­ing busi­ness women and for spe­cial oc­ca­sions, while our made-tomea­sure ser­vice en­ables clients to cus­tomise a sea­sonal style with tai­lor­ing and fabric choices to suit them. Both re­quire our spe­cial at­ten­tion.

What fab­rics are in your de­sign room?

For our sig­na­ture win­ter coats we are work­ing with lux­u­ri­ous cash­mere in a range of colours, English tweeds with nat­u­ral wool yarns and silk velvets for evening glam­our. New Zealand is pro­duc­ing some of the finest merino yarn and we have com­mis­sioned spe­cial knit­ted and wo­ven ac­ces­sories to com­ple­ment our coats. We en­joy cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful in­te­rior for our gar­ments, so the lin­ings and de­tail­ing are a key part of our de­sign prac­tice.

Where do you find your in­spi­ra­tion?

In our beau­ti­ful, qual­ity tex­tiles. We are in­spired through work­ing re­la­tion­ships with some of the best mills in the world. The Euro­pean mills we work with cre­ate in­no­va­tive tex­tiles and laces and we are able to or­der these in­di­vid­u­ally for one-off de­signs.

Jacket, $1,495, by Liz Mitchell. Jacket, $1,495, by Liz Mitchell.

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