Supremes, sunshine and palm trees
Sophia Webster channels 1960s style for her new shoe collection
Sophia Webster’s rise to fashion fa me has been as steep as her heels. the dancer-turned-footwear designer worked under London-based cordwainer Nicholas Kirk wood before launching her eponymous brand in 2012. her bright, playful approach won her legions of fans, and industry recognition quickly followed: in 2013 Webster won the british Fashion award for emerging accessory designer; two years later her riri shoe went on display at the V&a as part of the museum’s
Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition; and last year she was awarded the BFC/
Vog ue Desig ner Fa sh ion F und a nd opened a store on Mayfair ’s Mount Street, moments from Kirkwood’s.
ta lk i ng us t hrough her kaleidoscopic new-season mood board, for her Dolly birds of paradise collection, she flags ar t and music as her ‘two g reat loves’. ‘the references on my mood boards always sha re some personal significance,’ she continues. ‘i find it difficult to take inspiration from things i don’t feel an emotional connection to.’ So it’s psychedelia and the Swinging Sixties for spring/summer.
‘I admire 1960s girl groups such as Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Shirelles, and Martha & The Vandellas for their spirit and sass’ Spring fling The inspiration behind the Dolly Birds of Paradise collection Sounds of the ’60s Bright ideas ‘This...