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15 posts tagged "Sophia Webster"

Shop the Look: Youth Culture

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Is it just us, or were we on to something in elementary school? Suddenly those jelly shoes, glitter manicures, and playsuits that so quickly fell out of favor are feeling pretty fresh. We’ve already purchased a closetful of crisp shirting and artistic prints this spring, but we think every wardrobe needs a few pieces that are just fun to wear. Enter jellies, hair bows (clipped into messy waves for a less prim look), pastels aplenty, sparkly accents, and playful accessories, which pay subtle homage to our hopscotch days without feeling too literal. Feel like a kid again with pieces by Sophia Webster, Valentino, American Apparel, and more, below.

1. Edie Parker watermelon acrylic clutch, $1,495, available at modaoperandi.com

2. Valentino split-back playsuit, $1,953, available at net-a-porter.com

3. Sophia Webster purple-and-green color-blocked Violeta sandals, $112, available at ssense.com

4. Deborah Lippmann glitter nail lacquer in Candy Shop, $20, available at sephora.com

5. American Apparel small bow hair clip, $10, available at americanapparel.com

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Shop The Look: Flowers and Stripes Unite

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stlThe Resort ’15 season is in full swing, and we’re already getting a sense of the top trends. From crisp shirting to eye-catching bomber jackets, our must-have list is steadily growing. Dior has been one of our favorite collections thus far. Raf Simons teamed Parisian chic with American practicality, structure with fluidity, and, most strikingly of all, florals with stripes. The clashing patterns looked fresh on otherwise spare silhouettes. Shop our favorite striped and floral pieces by Whit, J.Crew, Sophia Webster, and more, below.

1. Sunday Somewhere Soelae sunglasses, $240, available at shopbop.com

2. J.Crew Collection photo floral mirror pencil skirt, $228, available at jcrew.com

3. ASOS Dune statement clutch with chain strap, $162, available at asos.com

4. Sophia Webster Yaya sandals, $432, available at farfetch.com

5. Whit striped top, $288, available at madewell.com

Shop The Look: Different Strokes

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Shop The Look-Different Strokes

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

Photo: Courtesy Photo

Sophia Webster’s Got Girl Power

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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.

Photos: Courtesy Photo

The British Fashion Awards’ Big Winners Revealed

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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.