sophia webster autumn/winter 15
Whilst the weekend madness of central London buzzed outside, our favourite shoe designer was hosting her own magical Cirque du Sophia, tucked away in the Welsh Chapel on Shaftesbury Avenue…
The roads were closed at the junction between Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue this Sunday, and although most likely due to Chinese New Year celebrations, we like to think it was the capital getting ready for the furor at Sophia Webster's autumn/winter 15 show. People hanging onto giant pink balloons were stood in the middle of the road, and guided us to the dark entrance of the Welsh Chapel, where Sophia was ring master of her own alternative universe.
We were greeted with a dimly lit, neon enclosure filled with optical illusive wallpaper and contortionists wearing checked second skins, "I was looking at old No doubt albums, old 90s ska covers and the black and white check print," Sophia reveals at the show. "Then I started looking at Victor Vasarely's artwork. There was a lot of black and white, trippy, sort of optic prints, which made me think of the circus, but I didn't want to do it in a kind of Britney Spears Circus way, not that I don't love Britney, because I do! But I thought I could put my own spin on it and make a Piccadilly Circus circus, so that's what it is."
Girls in leotards with boots up to their thighs, orange bobs and giant planet like costumes filled the stage, while model pigeons cooed on one side of the room, a jumping jack trampolined in the corner and an Eros statue made from butterfly wings, like the one looking over the real Piccadilly Circus, was illuminated on the other side. Working with set designer Shona Heath and with costumes inspired by the Triadic Ballet and the Bauhaus movement, Sophia Webster's dreamt up world called "Freak Like Me," was a colourful haven away from the fashion week conformity, for the wonderfully weird and the weirdly wonderful, and this all translated into the shoes. Stilletto's with Swarovski-encrusted, winged heels, thigh-high tie-up boots and Coca-Cola inspired prints were dotted around the Chapel like gems. We want to freak in the morning, freak in the evening just like Sophia Webster!