11 posts tagged "Sophia Webster"
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
London’s never-ending parade of young talent continues today, as NEWGEN announced the nine up-and-coming brands that will receive sponsorship for the Spring ’14 season. J. JS Lee, Brazilian-born knitwear maestro Lucas Nascimento (left), rising star Simone Rocha, design duo Marques’Almeida, and the clever trio behind Sister by Sibling will all receive catwalk funding, while Nasir Mazhar, Sophia Webster, and 1205 have earned presentation support, and Liam Fahy has won exhibition sponsorship. The designers will debut their Spring ’14 collections during London fashion week, which kicks off on September 13.
“I like to bring out the little girl who likes to dress up,” said Sophia Webster at her pre-spring ’14 presentation. Webster is the latest rising star from across the pond, and she has been gaining buzz among industry insiders thanks to her whimsical, oh-so-British shoe and accessories line. (Since launching in 2012, her cheeky girlish Aztec-print heels and candy-colored handbags have already won over fashion magpies like Anna Dello Russo and Miroslava Duma.)
Rather than tracking current trends, Webster—who studied fine art and apprenticed under Nicholas Kirkwood for two years—cites pop culture as inspiration, naming styles after personal fashion icons, like the RiRi (a lace-up bootie–sandal hybrid) and the Azealia (a glitter-adorned convertible box clutch). “I tend not to look to other designers as a source of inspiration; it muddies what you’re trying to do,” the 28-year-old designer told Style.com. “I’d rather look at an artist or listen to inspiring music.” To wit, the line, which ranges from $195 to $700, is chock-full of Zeitgeist-y references—from jelly sandals and a play on Destiny’s Child’s R&B anthem “Bootylicious” to cartoonish clutches emblazoned with rap lyrics by Nicki Minaj. Continue Reading “Sophia Webster Plays With Pop” »