For Autumn Winter 2017, Webster transformed the basement of Soho record shop "Phonica" into an ice-cold winter wonderland complete with a giant igloo bubble. What better backdrop for the chilling but beautiful "I scream for Ice Queens" collection. Embracing the traditional Sophia Webster take on fashion week, the venue was decked out to tell a story. With towering models - bundled up like the abominable snowman, with super furry winter boots or like they had stepped straight out of Narnia, adorned with mystic crowns of shimmering jewels and ice inspired crystals, surrounded by the fairytale collection of shoes and bags.
"The collection is inspired by Frozen, because I have a two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, so Elsa was the main inspiration. And Harbin ice-festival in China which is a life-size iced village that they build every year. They light it up at night – it’s like a magical, colourful ice kingdom. And the main square there is called Sophia square – so it’s destined to be!"
- quote taken from Marie Claire interview.
A pastel take over with icy lilacs, baby pinks, pale shades of blue and lots of white, set against silvery metallics and sumptuous furs. A combination of textures adding extra depth to the pieces - velvet, glitter, crystals, pearls and smooth supple leathers to name a few - with these delicate details flowing through into the room decor and model outfits.
I really enjoyed the softer side to this collection, especially all the beautiful shades of pastel pinks but also the slightly more simplified styling (more wearable styles), this was a nice change of pace from the designer. My favourite pieces would have to be tiara heels, combing beautiful beading and pearls with the pale pink velvet upper and the typically ornate heel. I also really liked this years take on the sneaker, a very practical piece but given that Sophia twist to make it both feminine, functional yet still a statement.
Finally the Glacier sandal bootie (below) with dramatic starburst crystals was hands down my favourite pair of the whole collection - something very dark and mysterious but beautiful about them, love the drama!
If it is still available be sure to head over the the Sophia Webster Facebook page and check out the live video - a great way to experience the presentation and learn more about the beautiful collection.
All imagery used in this post from Vogue, unless stated otherwise.
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