Sophia Webster is a relatively new shoe designer–but she had a pretty impressive career in fashion before she even graduated from the Royal College of Art; her final student collection was picked up by Browns. After school she worked with Nicholas Kirkwood for two years as his first-ever assistant. He offered to mentor her for those two years, with the promise that he would help her launch her first collection. This is the result. She’s already been picked up by Bergdorf, Net-a-Porter, Neiman, Saks, Harvey Nichols, and Colette, to name a few.
The theme of her first full collection–which she showed in London last week–was “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Models posed as “dolls” in boxes, sort of like giant Barbies, complete with tons of extra shoes for accessorizing. The shoes themselves are a riot of color and quirky design elements: Aztec prints, hearts, polka dots, flamingoes, and prints of colorful houses in Brazil. “I went on a holiday for 10 days in Rio [the shoes are also produced in Brazil] and I saw all these colors and went a bit crazy with the colors and the prints,” Webster told us at her presentation. “All the prints are hand drawn…I like to have my ‘handwriting’ on [my work].”
A picture of Patricia Arquette in True Romance, which appeared on the show notes, gives you an idea of the aesthetic: Hyper, in-your-face femininity. The shoes range from flats to stiletto, with every sort of platform in between. They are absolute street style fodder and I guarantee you’re going to be seeing them everywhere.
Click through to see awesome “doll” pictures from the presentation.