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LFW: Sophia Webster AW14
February 18, 2014
Relative newbie Sophia Webster has stapled her position in the fashion A list with another collection that will be the envy of any shoelover. With her feminine, flirty designs, the last year has seen Nicholas Kirkwood’s design assistant go from strength to strength, with a shop opening in London’s Covent Garden, and an adorable new children’s shoe line.
Her LFW AW’14 collection was displayed by way of presentation rather than a catwalk, with models stationed in multiple bubblegum coloured backdrops, including a bedroom with pastel walls, a shoe shop and a bathroom, complete with houndstooth check wallpaper and clear plastic bubbles in the bathtub. Wearing Webster’s latest designs, models carried chihuahuas, chatted on phones and listened to music through fluffy headphones. Shoes were in line with previous work, featuring brightly coloured bobble heels, criss crossed knee high booties with laser cut patterns, and dangling marabou tassels.
The colour palette was atypical of Webster an explosion of baby blue, animal print, pinks, lilacs and orange, and lamé, fur, plastic gems and crystals added extra wow factor.
In terms of style, the collection included fur trimmed clogs with patterned wedge heels, fluffy lounge slippers with appliqued roses and kitten heels, pointed toe court shoes with ankle straps and black laces down the heels and lace up stilettoed trainers in pastel purple with clear plastic panels. With every pair, something new was brought to the table, constantly challenging the idea of the perfect shoe.
As well as footwear, Sophia Webster is also well known for her statement handbags, which in this collection were speech bubble shaped clutches in high gloss exclaiming ‘What were you thinking?!’ and ‘Day Dreamer’.
This is certainly one designer not afraid to push boundaries and break from tradition, and given the reception she has received so far, I’d say she’s onto a good thing.