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.
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.
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.
Click through the gallery below to explore the collection.