It might not seem like March outside, but spring was full-on blooming at Saks Fifth Avenue this week during the presentation of Sophia Webster’s latest shoe and bag collection.
The British accessories designer, who apprenticed under shoe god Nicholas Kirkwood, was on hand to greet guests who were giddily shopping her colorful, cheeky, and infectiously delightful designs. A backdrop full of gigantic candy jars and glorious flower arrangements created the perfect setting for Sophia’s laser-cut butterfly backed heels, candy-dot-detailed pumps, and cheerfully printed wedges. Never mind that the designer is so irresistibly cute and cool in person, plus she was more than happy to chat about one of our favorite subjects: SHOES. Yay!
Sophia Webster at the British Fashion Awards
GLAMOUR: So what was your inspiration for your spring collection?
Sophia Webster: For this collection, I looked at the Japanese photographer Mika Ninagawa. She does fashion photographs but also photographs of nature. She uses hyper colors, but also often has a bit of a darker undertone to the images. She also directed a film that called Helter Skelter and it was about Japanese pop idol culture, but it had that really dark twist to it. So it was about combining things that are really beautiful, like the flowers, with something a bit more contrasting.
GLAMOUR: What are your tips on how women can wear their spring shoes now, when it’s still absolutely freezing outside?
SW: Um, get a taxi? [Laughs] I wear a lot of socks with my spring shoes because in London, we haven’t seen the sun at all yet. A lot of the sandals look really cute with some chunky socks on under it, even my high heel shoes.
GLAMOUR: What are some of your favorite spring trends for shoes?
SW: I’ve done a new espadrille. I can’t wait for it to get a bit sunny, so I can wear them. They’re the sort of things you can just throw in your bag and then run around in. They’re probably the one pick for the summer.
GLAMOUR: What are the best shoes to pack for vacation, since travel season is starting?
SW: I would say a good wedge—an espadrille wedge—so you can wear it in the day and then it carries you right through to the evening.
GLAMOUR: Last question, your shoes are so fun, I’d want to wear them all the time. How would you suggest someone wear a statement shoe like yours to work?
SW: I think there’s lot of different ways you can style them. I think they’re a really good choice for work because you can wear them with a toned-down, pared-back outfit and then let your shoes do the talking. It totally depends on the women wearing them and how she styles them—whether it’s something really simple or full-on clashing, which I think looks equally amazing.