The Mill’s London studio was buzzing with fashion-fever yesterday as designer Lisa King hosted the exclusive preview to her latest collection ‘A Study of Stars’.
It was the perfect end to a hot summers day, as Mill clients and staff alike sipped Broker’s Gin Tom Collins whilst perusing Lisa’s latest range of printed scarves and accessories, as well as enjoying the contemporary urban beats of a DJ set by London band Django Django.
We caught up with Lisa to find out about her latest collection 'A Study of Stars'
Tell us a bit about yourself…
Originally from Bangkok, I am a London based print designer. I graduated from Central St. Martins in London with a BA in Textiles, during which I worked for Kylie Minogue under her Creative Director William Baker. The highlight of that time was designing the print for her centrepiece dress at the retrospective Kylie exhibition.
After years of assisting Baker, I came to run his men’s swimwear label, B*Boy. From there having learnt so much about styling and production, I decided to return to design, freelancing for high street and luxury fashion brands and in the meantime started developing my own ideas.
My work began to play with contrast and dichotomy; masculine Vs feminine, nature Vs structure and the first collection and signature Screw print was born from there. I’m now on my sixth season in two years.
Name your top 3 favourite designers or brands right now
I could live in Liberty for Nike trainers, Richard Nicoll dresses and Christopher Shannon sweatshirts.
Tell me about your latest collection and the inspiration behind it?
The star is a common object across artist’s work that I have studied in the past. For my latest collection ‘A Study of Stars’, I wanted to focus on the universal idea of stars and look at them from as many ways as possible. Each scarf in the collection tells a story; The Angel of Love was inspired by the religious stained glass windows of English churches and in contrast Five Star Love is a celebration of the lines and stars in Soho’s sex shop neons.
Who and what influence your prints?
Bangkok: where I grew up, London: where I live now, art: Rauschenburg and Jasper Johns, dance and movement: Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, music: The Child of Love, Ghostpoet, Khushi, Turtle and Django Django.
I love collaborating with other artists, it’s people really that inspire me. Check out my collaborations so far.. http://lisakinglondon.com/collaborations/