13 posts tagged "Sophia Webster"
Minimalism will always be chic in our book, but the Spring ’14 shows and Pre-Fall ’14 collections had a maximalist twist. Artsy patterns, tribal embellishments, over-the-top furs, and gleaming metallics made us want to kick our simpler ensembles to the curb. A particularly appealing trend was zigzag patterns – on sweatshirts, shoes, jewelry, you name it. It’s an easy way to incorporate a graphic print into your wardrobe without succumbing to blinding hues or clashing prints. Add a subtle edge to your look with a bold clutch or unconventional denim, or go all-out with multi-colored, eye-catching sandals. Shop our favorite zigzag pieces below from Sophia Webster, Pierre Hardy, Etre Cecile, and more, below.
1. Être Cécile “Galactica” jersey long-sleeve sweatshirt, $148.50, available at my-wardrobe.com
2. Pierre Hardy striped leather clutch, $1,695, available at net-a-porter.com
3. Étoile Isabel Marant “Nea” printed mid-rise boyfriend jeans, $340, available at net-a-porter.com
4. Jennifer Fisher “XL Pulse” ring, $220, available at otteny.com
5. Sophia Webster “Leilou” striped leather, suede, and canvas sandals, $595, available at net-a-porter.com
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.
Pillars of the British fashion industry gathered at the London Coliseum tonight for the British Fashion Awards—an annual ceremony that honors the crème de la crème of the country’s creative talents. In addition to much-coveted honors such as Womenswear Designer of the Year (which Donatella Versace presented to Christopher Kane), Brand of the Year (won by Burberry, whose Christopher Bailey also took the Menswear Designer of the Year title), Accessories Designer of the Year (won by Nicholas Kirkwood), Model of the Year (Edie Campbell), and the International Designer of the Year Award (Miuccia Prada), there were a few special prizes to bestow. i-D magazine’s founders Terry and Tricia Jones earned a standing ovation when they picked up their Outstanding Achievement Award, Marc Jacobs turned up to hand Kate Moss her Special Recognition Award, and Samantha Cameron presented a deserving Suzy Menkes with her Lifetime Achievement honor. As for the up-and-comers, J.W. Anderson took the New Establishment Award, while Simone Rocha and Agi & Sam won the emerging womenswear and menswear categories, respectively. Finally, the Emerging Accessories Designer Award fittingly went to Nicholas Kirkwood’s protégée Sophia Webster. Tune in tomorrow for complete coverage of the ceremony, as well as Kate Moss’ undoubtedly raucous after-fete. To see all the winners, visit the British Fashion Council’s Web site.
Everyone knows their Marcs from their Calvins. But this season, we’ll be spotlighting the up-and-coming designers and indie brands whose names you’ll want to remember.
Label: Sophia Webster
Need to Know: A fine arts grad, footwear designer Sophia Webster has lately been studying the intricate prints hidden in nature, namely African butterfly wings. That research inspired her to spin out the notion in laser-cut leather on the back of a high sandal in candy colors, and to zoom in on patterns that are almost like leopard print. She turned these into silk prints, embroidered and sprinkled with Swarovski Crystals for extra sparkle. Other highlights include fun, cartoony footwear with messages like “Here Comes” and “The Hotstepper,” or “Queen” and “Bee.”
Webster has been on our radar since she started just three seasons ago, and now she’s already poised to go global: Pumps from her main line recently bowed on Net-a-Porter, plus she’s wrapping up her first capsule collaboration with J.Crew, which, comprising about sixteen styles of fun, colorful, printed shoes, is due in April. She’ll also soon be offering customers the chance to customize the messages on her towering, letter-block heels via her Web site.
She says: “I love to do a theatrical thigh-high boot for the runway,” Webster said of her laser-cut butterfly boots. “They take a while to get into, but it’s worth it!”
Where to Find It: Bergdorf Goodman, Kirna Zabête, Saks Fifth Avenue, Net-a-Porter, www.sophiawebster.co.uk, and other select retailers.
As temperatures continue to rise—the heat index was well over 100 degrees in New York last weekend—the only viable solution is to pack your bags and hit the beach. Both the Resort and menswear shows featured a bevy of island-ready prints, from lush leaves on dresses at Peter Pilotto to floral motifs on button-downs at Marc Jacobs. Botanical-splashed maillots, skirts, and accessories will look right at home wherever your travels might take you. However, if getting away isn’t quite on the horizon, they’ll add a tropical punch to your weekday wardrobe, too. Shop our picks from Zimmermann, Karen Walker, J.Crew, and more, below.
1. Samudra Sunset Beach clutch, $65, available at www.shopbop.com
2. Prabal Gurung floral-print skirt, $1,125, available at www.farfetch.com
3. Karen Walker Orbit sunglasses, $329, available at www.shopbop.com
4. Sophia Webster Rio Sunset flat sandals, $346, available at www.farfetch.com
5. Zimmermann Celestial floral-print underwire swimsuit, $340, available at www.net-a-porter.com