FLIK HALL

...drawing inspiration from contradictions

Flik Hall moved to London following her school years and moved into Hackney soon after. She enrolled at Central Saint Martins where she pursued her options, and quickly developed her curiosity for fashion design. Flik Hall discovered and developed a love for print design in particular. She then left college to take placements with various designers such as House of Holland and Giles Deacon, where she engaged in all areas of the design studio. During her time there, she began setting up her own label.

Flik Hall’s work is brightly hued where the garments' movement and print takes centre stage. Employing a wide range of prints, nothing is quite what it seems in Flik's work where contrast is key.

Imagine driving weights, hanging from cords or chains, suspended above you, Flik Hall's first collection was inspired by the resounding chime of her father’s fixation with timekeeping. Growing up in a house amongst so many clocks, it would appear the abstract concept of time could hardly be missed. Think of thick colours of different tints, which would melt with fire, and yet retain their lustre.

Bright blue, peach and iridescent greens, like the rust gathering on metal over time. The prints are inspired by the beautiful engraved plates on clocks. In contrast to this almost archaic print, apparently weighty pendulums in all different sizes move with the garments in a playful way.

Nothing inspires me like...
Stuff that contradicts each other... the new and the old, scale and contrast. A blank wall or an intricate pattern. Making up a story about the origin of the wooden shoes in my back garden.

Creativity comes from...
Letting go.

I hope...
My clothes will always make the wearer feel out of the ordinary.

Cultural influences...
Mud, rust and corrosion. Altars in Mexico, Oh, and the colours of the baboons' bottoms I saw in South Africa, they’re mental.

I got where I am...
Lots of coffee, feeling defeated and learning to stick with your intentions even when people slate you. Designing garments as if we live on a planet where we can only wear what we create without the access of shops everywhere. That way I don’t lose sight of what I believe a collection to be... a story and an expression of how the wearer’s mood is during that part of their lives.

My future is...
Unpredictable, but who wants to know exactly how their life will pan out and where it will go. That’s dull and mind-numbing.

Fashion can sometimes...
Be unfair and make you crazy unless you know why you want to dress people and essentially represent or make a facade of a personality.

Money makes...
Some things easier and sometimes it just screws things up.

I scream when...
I get chased and prodded with a duster, and if I hear the word “moist” it scares me. I don’t know why.

My first crush...
My life-drawing teacher, I used to spy on him.

My dreams are...
To journey down every thread of a beautifully intricate carpet.

Studios make me...
Excited but also make my fingers turn into icicles.

I have faith in...
Karma.

My vice is...
Spending money at the flower market by my house every Sunday.

I love getting older...
I don’t.