- Who better to interview the rising star of shoe design than her friend and mentor?
Aztec prints, polka-dot trims and glossy leather bows – if you are not already familiar with Sophia Webster's exquisite heels, you soon will be. Championed by fashion insiders as "the next big thing", the 27-year-old British talent honed her skills at London-based accessories label Nicholas Kirkwood before launching her own namesake line earlier this year.
Nicholas Kirkwood: You've been working here with us for more than two years now. How does it feel to be launching your own label?
Sophia Webster: It feels like the start of something really exciting!
At first I found it daunting, but so many people have been supportive from the start. I still can't believe that the first time I showed in New York, everyone just got it.
NK: How does it feel to be dubbed fashion's one to watch?
SW: It's very flattering but there's also a lot of pressure – now I have to come up with the goods.
NK: [Laughs] Yes! Well, you will, of course. And what would you say is the signature Sophia Webster look?
SW: It's very feminine and delicate, but playful, too.
NK: You have your own identity and this is important when you're
Designer Nicholas Kirkwood with his protégée Sophia Webstercredits