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  • The New Guard
    From kaleidoscopic footwear to
    minimalist handbags, three of the hottest
    accessories designers right now tell
    JANE McFARLAND about their sought-
    after collections

    Photographs by Emanuele D’Angelo
    Styling by HELEN THOMSON


    of Sophia Webster

    Sophia Webster, 28, founded her London-based eponymous label – famous for its candy colors and eye-popping patterns – in 2012.
    I started out… Studying at Cordwainers College before doing an MA at the Royal College of Art. I worked for Nicholas Kirkwood for two years before I showed my first collection in 2012. Learning from [Nicholas] was fundamental.
    The Sophia Webster woman is… Colorful, playful and feminine. My style is girlish-tomboy. I started with heels but have introduced flats to appeal to more women.
    I design shoes because… For being so crazy, they are surprisingly versatile. I love the idea that you can wear the same pair with an Alaïa dress or boyfriend jeans.
    My current inspiration is… Movies. My FW14 collection is a mix of Noughties Paris Hilton and Mean Girls references. It’s usually films I’ve seen a million times.
    If you buy one thing… My Riko

    T-shirt by Markus Lupfer; skirt by Peter Pilotto; glasses and jewelry Sophia’s own

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