Sophia Webster’s spring 2014 presentation was titled Supa Dupa Fly–a term you might use to describe Missy Elliott, or a wonderfully light-hearted and offbeat collection of shoes inspired by flying insects.
Webster’s wonderland, which more closely resembled the latter, of a presentation was literally in a secret garden near Topshop’s show space at Regent’s University. We walked down a path sprinkled with shoes placed inside hanging plants adorned with fake butterflies, and ultimately found yourself in a garden/tent inhabited by models with Pippy Longstocking hair cheekily posing for pics, holding up humorous slogan-baring clutches and sporting an array of vibrant footwear.
In fact, the very Instagrammable presentation almost took away from the shoes we were there to see. Several pairs literally resembled butterfly wings, which made us smile. Another pair–thigh-high butterfly wing-shaped sandals (yep)–were great for the show, but a bit much for real life. We preferred a pair of flatforms with ankle straps and a mule with two thick pale blue straps with pink-rimmed clouds on them, and a lucite heel–perfect with an LBD or jeans.
Of course, Webster’s shoes tend to be a bit loud on their own. Not that we didn’t love this presentation (we did), but it might be nice, in the future, to see them juxtaposed against something simpler to allow them to stand on their own. Thanks to her awesome new J.Crew collaboration, we know that she’s more than capable of reining it in a little bit while maintaining her signature quirk.
The bags were fun, too–there was a backpack shaped like a bumble bee and a clutch shaped like a talk bubble that said “Talk of the town.” Time will tell whether it was all a bit too cutesy–or if these will be come must-have items next spring.