introducing – Lisa McConniffe

I love being contacted by brands and desingers who are a little different from the norm.
When these images popped up on my laptop it brightened up my day considerably! Lisa is a recent graduate from Manchester School of art (I went to MMU so the city is very close to my heart!) and has been featured in Vogue, Vogue Italia and Glamour. She has also been nominated for the muse x Vogue Talents 2013 competition, you can vote for her here.
I don’t think you can look at Lisa’s collection and be unhappy, sunshine brights mixed with intricate draping and a playful mix of colours…make the perfect cure for Monday blues…or any blues for that matter!
Why did you choose to go into design?
Ever since I was a child I enjoyed drawing and doodling and I just knew I wanted to pursue a career within the arts whilst studying fine art at school, however, it wasn’t until my foundation art and design course at Manchester School of Art (same course Sarah Burton of McQueen attended before CSM) that I experimented with fashion, and through working on the stand I instantly knew design was the right path for me
It’s obvious you love colour! Where does your inspiration come from?
I am always chasing ideas; I am primarily influenced by history and culture. I particularly enjoy researching and discovering new imagery that instantly captivates my interest. Through cultural travel visits and blogs, Roksanda Illnic inspires me with her clever use of colour, she also achieves something different, wearable and edgy.
What’s your favourite piece from your collection and why?
The favourite piece from my collection is the two-tone pleated skirt (Mint green and brilliant orange). The skirt is inspired by the beautiful construction of turbans, which informed my shape making techniques, including structural pleating. The colours are inspired by the bright Sikh warrior turbans and help communicate a playful elegance within the collection.
Who would you love to see wearing your designs?
I would love to see my designs  not necessarily on a celebrity but worn by a confident but edgy woman, someone who knows they could pull off one of my outfits elegantly but effortlessly (at the same time).

I have to say I adore the pink pleated number and the acid pleated dress is just unbelievable! What’s your favourite piece?
I hope you’ll be following Lisa’s career with as much attention as I will be, if this collection is anything to go buy she’s definitely going to be one to watch.

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