Sophia Webster Heads Under The Sea For Spring 2016

The sea. For ecologists, it’s the final frontier, but designers seem to love to explore it every few spring seasons. It was Sophia Webster’s turn today in London, in a presentation that merged her love of rave culture and extreme themes. The collection was dubbed #crazysexynauticool. Indeed, if someday in the imminent future, us critics are reduced to hashtag reviews, that one comes pretty close. #littlemermaidgoestoburningman would also work.

Sophia Webster Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week
Sophia Webster spring ’16 collection.
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With some models sporting glistening fishtails and others creating a pearlescent vision from their perch inside huge satin-padded oyster shells, Webster challenged herself to craft shoes that did not get lost amongst the school of fish. Her main proposition was a super chunky platform sandal, shown in oceanic prints or covered in multifaceted glitter. While the shape was a wise shake up, the clear acrylic uppers with graphic detail and patterned soles were fighting with each other for attention at times.

Elsewhere, other creative whims included a fishnet over-the-knee boot (a very clever way to merge legwear and footwear), basket weave wedges and a Floridian flamingo motif series, seen on mules, flat sandals and wedges.

Sophia Webster Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week
Sophia Webster spring ’16 collection.
CREDIT: Getty Images.

Webster clearly has no shortage of ideas, many of them brilliant, but therein lies the rub: a tendency towards excess. Even with a set theme, it would have served her collection better if Webster had narrowed in on a specific element of waterworks – instead of doing it all because she can.

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