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August 22 2014

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Sophia Webster’s Got Girl Power

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Sophia Webster

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.

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Shop The Look: Block Party

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Shop the look

Spring may not be right around the corner, but we’re hoping our shopping habits will send out some warm weather vibes. Color blocking was all over the Spring ’14 runways, seen on whisper-thin layers at Theyskens’ Theory to splashy neoprene at Tommy Hilfiger, and we can’t wait to wear it this season. Clashing, ultra-bright hues feel sculptural on simple shapes, and there’s no denying the effortless, throw-on-and-go possibilities of a color block sweatshirt or skirt. Even if you opt for a subtler approach–say, blingy earrings or a pair of standout shoes–the result is undoubtedly fun. Shop our favorite color block pieces from Nicholas Kirkwood, Stella McCartney, Kenzo, and more, below.

1. Stella McCartney color-block cashmere sweater, $1,040, available at net-a-porter.com

2. Kenzo “Kalifornia” color-block leather clutch, $250, available at modaoperandi.com

3. Nicholas Kirkwood snakeskin, suede, and patent leather platform sandals, $955, available at modaoperandi.com

4. Dannijo “Cruz” earrings, $260, available at shopbop.com

5. Ostwald Helgason green and mint double-face skirt, $735, available at ssense.com

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Peter Pilotto’s Big Win

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peter pilottoPeter Pilotto is having quite a year—and it’s only February. Today, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos, the digital-print masters behind the brand, have won the 2014 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund, which includes a yearlong mentoring program and hefty £200,000 grant. Pilotto and De Vos were up against ready-to-wear designers Emilia Wickstead, Mary Katrantzou, Osman, Zoë Jordan, and House of Holland, and join the ranks of previous winners like Christopher Kane, Erdem, Jonathan Saunders, and 2013 champ Nicholas Kirkwood, who sold a majority stake of his brand to LVMH less than a year after his victory. With a hotly anticipated Target collaboration hitting stores on February 9, Peter Pilotto’s potential for total world domination is looking good. If Target’s website crashes, they’ll know they’ve really made it.

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NEWGEN Announces Its Fall ’14 Recipients

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Simone Rocha Spring '14This morning, NEWGEN, the British Fashion Council’s Topshop-sponsored emerging talent scheme, announced the seven new talents who will receive sponsorship to present their Fall ’14 collections during London fashion week in February. Fledgling designers and brands including 1205, Marques’Almeida, Lucas Nascimento and Simone Rocha (left) will receive support for their runway shows while designer Ryan Lo, a Fashion East alum, will receive funding for a presentation. Meanwhile, Claire Barrow (another Fashion East grad) and Danielle Romeril will house their new collections in an exhibition space. The NEWGEN committee, chaired by journalist Sarah Mower, MBE, selects designers based on their creative strengths and distinct points of view. Past awardees have included Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jonathan Saunders, and J.W. Anderson.

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Shop the Look: Electric Feel

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Shop the Look: Electric Feel

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…but bright furs are so delightful. Real or faux, furs in electric hues are the savviest way to keep warm this season. However, if you’re questioning the life span of a candy-colored fur bag, take note: This isn’t just a winter trend. Between the expressionist coats at Prada and the fuzzy bags, jewelry, and Buggies at Fendi, bold fur had a major warm-weather moment on the Spring ’14 runways. Go big in a nearly neon coat, or add just a hint of fluff with a covetable key chain. Shop all of our favorite colorful pieces by 3.1 Phillip Lim, Fendi, Topshop, and more, below.

1. Topshop collarless faux-fur coat, $170, available at topshop.com

2. 3.1 Phillip Lim Ryder multi-fur shoulder bag, $1,350, available at avenue32.com

3. Albertus Swanepoel fur bomb cap, $290, available at barneys.com

4) Fendi textured-leather-and-fox monster bag charm, $580, available at net-a-porter.com

5. Nicholas Kirkwood mink-trimmed leather sandals, $1,777, available at mytheresa.com

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