Liz Valentina's colourful outlook on life is reflected in her fashion designs

Fashion designer Liz Valentina has collaborated with photographer Gabriella Achadinha on a fantastical shoot inspired by the elements

14 December 2017 - 12:32 By Marcia Elizabeth
Liz Valentina's colour choices for her graduate collection were inspired by natural elements: ocean, earth, air and fire.
Liz Valentina's colour choices for her graduate collection were inspired by natural elements: ocean, earth, air and fire.
Image: Gabriella Achadinha

Liz Valentina is a 23-year-old fashion graduate from Fedisa. Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany she moved to Cape Town a few years ago and says that the colours of the city inspire her. Her graduate collection has been memorialised by the lens of photographer Gabriella Achadinha.

Drawing on the work of David LaChapelle, the two women collaborated to produce a shoot based on ocean, earth, air and fire - the natural elements that inspired her colour choices for the collection.

 Liz Valentina paired her clothing designs with headpieces by Cyrstal Birch.
Liz Valentina paired her clothing designs with headpieces by Cyrstal Birch.
Image: Gabriella Achadinha

Their fictional land was created with the idea that "all things must be colour and crazy", Achadinha says.

The title of their work is Splash of the Southern, conveying ideas about water in movement and referring back to the natural elements that inspired the designs.

Valentina always wanted to be a designer and, after she gained some experience through various internships, she decided to make her passion her career.

Her graduate show collection is a party of colour inspired by 1970s fashion and Salvador Dali. She created all of the lobster and jelly fish jewellery and styled her models with headpieces and pompoms by Crystal Birch. "I have a very fun and colourful outlook on life," she says.

Her use of frills is motivated by a desire to emphasise movement and her patterns are inspired by her favourite food, sushi, and her favourite object in nature, the rainbow.

An obsession with Alessandro Michelle and his recent work with Gucci is revealed in the boldness of the shoot. Duchess satin and chiffon are her favourite fabrics.

Achadinha is a student of film production at AFDA in Cape Town and began her experiments with photography in her final year of study. Her work traverses fashion, street style, documentary and travel. - bubblegumclub.co.za

• This article was originally published by The Times.


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