Designer Love Sophia Webster Ipanema

Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Alexandra


Sophia Webster – Fashion Meets Art and Pop Culture

If you are a shoe addict like me, you will most certainly fall in love with Sophia Webster’s designs. They are feminine, modern, fresh and would make even the most banal outfit stand out. Looking at her line of shoes, I feel like I’m in a candy shop, undecided what to pick, tempted to buy everything.

Drawing her inspiration from art and pop culture, such as Yayoi Kusama’s paintings or the works of photographer Mika Ninagawa, Sophia Webster’s creations are defined by her unique aesthetic. They include sculptural patent or suede sandals adorned with beads, in striking color combinations or tribal prints. And if you consider those much too daring, her collection also comprises sleek stilettos which come in a wide range of colors, from pure white to neon yellow. Apart from shoes, she also launched a line of statement bags including the playful speech bubble clutches.

Sophia Webster speech bubble clutchesAbove: “Sweet Talk” clutch, “Hold Me”  clutch, both in embroidered leather;

The young British designer is considered one of the most promising newcomers in the industry. Her work experience includes an internship with Georgina Goodman, as well as 3 years as assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood, the latter also helping to launch her collection. She holds several awards – most notably the 2012 Conde Nast Footwear New Emerging Designer of the Year – and was for two seasons in a row among the winners of the NEWGEN sponsorship granted by the British Fashion Council. Webster graduated from the Royal College of Art and holds a BA degree from Cordwainers College, the school at the London College of Fashion which counts among its alumnae big names in footwear design such as Jimmy Choo, Nicholas Kirkwood, Rupert Sanderson, and Charlotte Olympia Dellal.

In a recent collaboration with Revlon, Sophia Webster designed a capsule collection inspired by lipsticks, and in one of the latest exciting news, she promises to soon launch her first line of baby shoes. I, for one, am certainly looking forward to it!

Now tell me, are you as smitten about her shoes as I am? Which style do you prefer?

Sophia Webster

Top row from left: Rio Sunset satin sandals, Riri leather sandals, Riko cutout suede sandals, Amma printed grosgrain sandals;

Middle row: Lola patent leather pumps in pink, nude and yellow;

Bottom row from left: Ipanema leather sandal, Mila suede sandal, Yayoi patent leather sandals, Aztec leather and suede sandals;

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