Happy Place

Happy Place

Explanation of absence of the blog can be put down to lazy tabloid sports or traffic headlines.  SUPER SUNDAY.  MANIC MONDAY.  Emphasis on the Monday, as yesterday I had a bit of a meltdown outside the Topshop venue in the Tanks at Tate Modern (Venue verdict?  Brilliant – modern, gives you a sense of occasion and stark enough for the clothes to do all the talking).  Transportation/wardrobe/technological malfunction all came colliding together until no less than four fash-y friends has to come and give me a hug and tell me it was all going to be ok.  Once all problems had been solved, I shuffled and sniffled back into the Tanks, like a pathetic fashion victim (I don't mean victim of my clothes – although you guys may disagree – but I mean a victim of fashion week slog) and wandered into Sophia Webster's presenation.  

I was assured by Gary Card, the wizard set designer who worked with Webster on the presentation, that it would be "Very Bubble!"  How very right he was.  I'm such a predictable pastel-loving, glitter-glowing, unicorn-wannabe.  I stepped into Webster's rainbow land and it was like magic fairy dust and come falling down all over me.  My sniffles were gone.  My cheesy toothy grin was switched on.  And I flitted about in amongst the pastel painted woods checking out each unicorn-maiden (styled by the wonderful Leith Clark – actually she was one of the people who was kind enough to give me that aforementioned hug)  and seeing what delectable shoes and accessories Webster had conjured up for her second LFW presentation.  Webster's candy-filled ascent in the shoe world has, as most will know, been aided by the support of her former employer Nicholas Kirkwood.  The success also lies in the fact that Webster's fun-fun-fun aesthetic doesn't come at too hefty a price tag.  Afterall, it's a whole lotta shoe you're getting.    

This season, the styles don't stray too far from what we have seen and rightly so.  Everyone with a penchant for Clueless and My Little Pony should know what Sophia Webster is capable of.  Let's see… holographic leathers in girly toy pearlescent colours, polka dot metallic heels, pretty bows, Cher Horowitz plaids, crystals, gobstopper balls and all the pretty colours from the pastel gel pen set, which I was obsessed with as a teenager… I could go on but you definitely get the idea from the much-edited set of pictures here (it was a tiddly space but I still managed to hammer into my SD card, going around taking multiple run of pics).  

On the credits sheet, it quotes the famous Peter S. Beagle line from The Last Unicorn "Always be yourself.  Unless you can be a unicorn.  Then always be a unicorn."  I left the presentation definitely aspiring to be a unicorn.  Failing that, being myself and chasing after Webster's shoes for as long as she carries on is not a shabby second best.  


























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  1. Ana

    2013-02-19 at 1:37 PM

    When I open you new posts, I first go through the images and then come back to read the text.
    Now I thought to myself: “These are so fun and wonderful and gorgeous, they remind me quite a bit of Sophia Webster” 😀 . Oh, how I wish I could have gotten my hands on that one pair a season or so ago!

  2. The Provoker

    2013-02-19 at 2:20 PM

    Awww I’m sorry to hear that there ere so many problems coming at the same time. You know, I can relate at that SAME moment at unique. My SD card suddenly died on me and there were no SD cards sold in tate, transportation was horrible as I tried to make my way there and out. I saw you dash out of unique really fast in a blur of beige and silver, hope you were feeling better. Anyway, back to Sophia’s presentation, it is indeed very unicorn, it’s fashion escapism. It’s almost not really about the clothes, but the whole set and the mood of it all, lovely to see what a beautiful scene, and yes, it’s really apparent to see his influences from kirkwood. Who doesn’t want to be a unicorn in happyland and frolic amongst the rainbow lagoons! 😀

  3. jay

    2013-02-19 at 2:32 PM

    I’ve been reading this blog for quite awhile now (the only fashion blog I read). Nowadays though, not as frequently as I used to, since every time I come on here, I see more and more evidence of the fact that you’re not in touch as you used to be with “the real world”. For example, these shoes run at about ¬£500 a pair. If that’s not “too hefty a price” for you (unlike say, the majority of ordinary people) then I guess you should consider yourself to be very, very lucky.


    2013-02-19 at 3:12 PM

    Love and Want the horse bag.

  5. Marina

    2013-02-19 at 4:20 PM

    Love your take on fashion.. very different from my own perspective.. but still a little bit the same some where. Keep up your person!

  6. Serdane

    2013-02-19 at 4:34 PM

    Nice collection ! I think that there is something sexual on the collection.


    2013-02-19 at 5:43 PM

    Not bad article, I like it. (:
    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

  8. Sigrun

    2013-02-19 at 6:41 PM

    O golly, those are amazing! I especially love all the shoes! Happy colors.

  9. GM

    2013-02-19 at 8:52 PM


  10. Kit

    2013-02-19 at 9:47 PM

    I experienced with the same problem with techs…both my dslr and phone batteries were at its last surviving stage by noon. And my phone often overheats from excessive use of Instagram and keep forgetting to close the application. Oh whatever.

  11. That palette clutch is still on my mind. Awesome stuff!!
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.

  12. milex

    2013-02-20 at 3:47 AM

    I live for moments like this

  13. Ioana Liliana

    2013-02-20 at 1:04 PM

    Testing the comment form again..

  14. susie_bubble

    2013-02-20 at 4:01 PM

    I’m sorry that you feel that way. I do consider myself lucky. ¬£500 is a lot for me too you know (the most I’ve ever paid for a pair of shoes was ¬£400) They do range from ¬£250 to E500 if I’m going to be pedantic. By way of comparison, Topshop Unique shoes sometimes go up to the ¬£250 mark. So in that context, I do think Sophia Webster, given the amount of design and detailing that goes into one pair, aren’t too hefty in price, when compared to say a pair of Louboutins, Sergio Rossi’s, Pierre Hardy etc…
    I’m talking specifically about the designer shoe sector which Webster inhabits.
    If you feel I’m not in touch with the real world, then so be it. There is a greater emphasis on designers that are high end on the blog now because those designers are individuals who I can speak to and present their work in interesting contexts. It’s not that exciting to talk up the high street (which I do anyway) day in day out when they are mostly made up of anonymous design teams. That said, when a good collaboration or something with real design merit does come up that is also affordable, I do try and flag it up…
    E.g. I did post about Miista who really does do affordable prices with a lot of design involved. http://stylebubble.co.uk/style_bubble/2013/01/electromancer.html
    Or Clarks x Eley Kishimoto…
    And so and so forth…

  15. jay

    2013-02-21 at 5:21 PM

    I absolutely don’t expect you to talk about the high street all the time, actually what I’ve always loved about your blog is the exposure you give to the unknown/underground designers. The reason I made the initial comment, was because I feel like the tone of the blog is starting to become a bit pretentious and fashion blogger-ry (if that makes sense), and I’ve always thought of you as being different. I’ve always been fascinated by how self-aware you are, especially for such an eccentric fashionista. Matter of fact, I found your blog through the article in the Sun (I know, I know), several years ago – where they called you “unusually self aware” or something to that extent. So, I hope you understand now where I’m coming from.

  16. susie_bubble

    2013-02-21 at 9:33 PM

    I’m sorry that you feel that way. I don’t really know what “fashion blogger-ry” is supposed to mean but if you feel that way, there’s nothing I can say to allay that opinion. The blog has changed and I suppose I can blame that on different levels of access. I do try and check myself all the time though and ensure the content is varied, mixed up, focusing not just on young designers but also the interesting facets of the high end (again, can’t talk up young designers all day long if they’re not stocked anywhere unlike the big guns…) as well as high street, vintage etc. I don’t like the idea of creating content that is tailored to readers though which is why I don’t do opinion polls. I’m not after traffic. It is a “Take it or leave it” type of approach which I’ll admit is stubborn but it’s how I’ve always run the blog. That said, I take onboard all criticism/opinions to some degree or another.

  17. Gemma

    2013-02-22 at 1:02 AM

    Beautiful though the shoes undoubtedly are, it’s the hair pieces that do it for me. Do you happen to know who did the hair for the show?

  18. jay

    2013-02-22 at 10:41 AM

    Fair enough. You’re still miles above the rest simply by being a fellow gooner.

  19. susie_bubble

    2013-02-22 at 11:02 AM

    It’s miserable being a gooner right now… seriously there’s a dark cloud hanging over N7 right now… x

  20. jay

    2013-02-22 at 2:17 PM

    Haha, that’s what Amy Lawrence said on today’s Arsecast on Arseblog.

  21. Christy

    2013-02-24 at 10:30 AM

    Oh god I love Sophia more and more every season. Thank you for sharing these pictures!

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