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.