Supremes, sun­shine and palm trees

Sophia Web­ster chan­nels 1960s style for her new shoe col­lec­tion

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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...

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