Sophia Webster’s Got Girl Power-------
The Sophia Webster secret is out. The shoe designer who apprenticed under Nicholas Kirkwood and is now mentored by him and his business partner, Christopher Suarez, has exploded in popularity. This is largely due to her love of mismatched zigzags, stripes, flamingos, candy colors, and plain old girly charm—never mind her signature speech-bubble clutches that became last season’s must-have. More evidence of her success came in the form of the 2013 British Fashion Council win for Emerging Accessory Designer, then in January she was one of three talents to scoop up the Mayor of London and BFC’s Fashion Forward prize.
Webster’s Fall ’14 presentation at her Covent Garden pop-up shop proved that she’s continuing her ascent. The setup was “Heartbreak Hotel” via the bedroom of a turbo princess—think the film Clueless. Props included tiny handbag dogs, fluff, frippery, and general spoilt brat, daddy’s girl-esque excesses. Models lounged around in some statement looks, including knee-high-heeled sandals, which, crafted from shearling and garnished with crayon-colored accents, had a caged-calf dominatrix effect. We doubt daddy would approve. That vixen look was tempered by a lot of soft, fluffy wares, including a darling blush pink velvet pump and stilettos adorned with fur, pompoms, gold ball bearings, and chunky details.
Webster has no doubt been busy since we saw her in September—she got married, designed a collaboration with J.Crew, and released a line of adorable baby shoes. But if Fall ’14 is any indication, this designer isn’t slowing down. You can expect to be hearing a lot more about this bright young spark going forward.