Designer Dispatch: Sophia Webster Stops By Saks San Francisco

Ever since shoe designer Sophia Webster arrived on the scene, shoppers and retailers alike have been unabashedly smitten by her irreverent aesthetic. From angel wings and flamingos to watermelon slices and lush jungle flora - it’s hard not to fall for her bold works. Webster stopped by the Saks San Francisco store to greet fans and sign shoes and took a moment to talk to SaksPOV about her past, her present and the future of Sophia Webster.

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Ever since shoe designer Sophia Webster arrived on the scene, shoppers and retailers alike have been unabashedly smitten by her irreverent aesthetic. From angel wings and flamingos to watermelon slices and lush jungle flora - it’s hard not to fall for her bold works. Webster stopped by the Saks San Francisco store to greet fans and sign shoes and took a moment to talk to SaksPOV about her past, her present and the future of Sophia Webster.

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Sophia Webster is a Master of Adding Her Own Personal Touch to the Finer Details

SAKSPOV: What did your shoe closet look like before you launched your own eponymous line? Your brand is so unique – what did you do before to up the colorful, exuberant factor in your own shoe wardrobe? 


SOPHIA WEBSTER: I have always been drawn to colorful shoes and clothes. I’d buy whatever I could afford as an impoverished student. I am quite resourceful when it comes to expressing style and would mix High Street, vintage items and even hand-me-downs, but on special occasions like birthdays I’d ask for the more precious designer items. Working for Nicholas Kirkwood was great because I was able to buy at a discount luxury shoes that I had worked on.

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Some Fun Kitsch Among Three of Sophia Webster’s Bestsellers

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Sophia Webster Signs the Sole of One of Our Favorite Slingbacks of the Season

Watermelon-Print Leather & Translucent Slingback Pumps

Your influences range from Mean Girls to Henry Rousseau’s jungle paintings. Movies and art obviously play big factors in your creative process. What would you say is your all-time favorite movie and painting?

SOPHIA: For my all-time favorite movie I’d have to say Clueless! As for my favourite painting it would be Pablo Picasso’s Woman With The Yellow Hair.

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Which to Choose, Which to Choose?

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How has having a child altered your creative process?

SOPHIA: In terms of creativity and what inspires me I am still more or less the same person I was before I had a baby, but I’d say some aspects of my collection reflect that normal process of maturing that a new mother goes through. For example my color palette for Autumn Winter was deeper and richer. I wear flats a lot more since pregnancy and you can see the influence of this in my designs.

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Looks Like Someone’s a Fall of the Latest Collection

Chiara Butterfly Patent Leather Sandals

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Which shoes on Saks.com could you easily see transformed as a baby shoe for your little girl?


SOPHIA: I have already taken the liberty of designing my signature Chiara style for Mini. For the first time ever we have introduced crib shoes from 0-18 months so Bibi and I already have our matching pairs.

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Looks Like Sophia Webster Has Fans of All Ages

You got your start working with Nicholas Kirkwood, learning the ins and outs of the business for about two years. But what of the stellar showmanship at your London Fashion Week presentations? How did you come to craft this unique way of showcasing your work?

SOPHIA: The fashion week presentations are my time for inviting people to step into my creative universe as an immersive experience. Ever since my first presentation for spring 2013, I have worked tirelessly to outdo the previous and I love this challenge.

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A Look at the Sophia Webster Takeover at Saks San Francisco’s Shoe Floor

Images Courtesy of Drew Altizer

Embrace the vibrant and quirky side of your style with Sophia Webster.

 


Designer Dispatch: Erdem Teams with Saks to Benefit San Francisco Opera

This year marks London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu’s 10th year in fashion. He celebrated by giving back. Alongside Saks San Francisco, Moralioglu staged his fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, a critical favorite this past season, at the new Pier 27 cruise terminal on the Bay. A well-known lover of all things art, the event was to benefit the San Francisco Opera.

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Erdem Moralioglu Backstage at Pier 27 in San Francisco Before Show Time

Here, Erdem Moralioglu delves into what made his spring 2015 collection such a resounding success and gets to the bone of what his label is all about with a preview of what’s to come this fall. Read More..

This year marks London-based designer Erdem Moralioglu’s 10th year in fashion. He celebrated by giving back. Alongside Saks San Francisco, Moralioglu staged his fall 2015 ready-to-wear collection, a critical favorite this past season, at the new Pier 27 cruise terminal on the Bay. A well-known lover of all things art, the event was to benefit the San Francisco Opera.

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Erdem Moralioglu Backstage at Pier 27 in San Francisco Before Show Time

Here, Erdem Moralioglu delves into what made his spring 2015 collection such a resounding success and gets to the bone of what his label is all about with a preview of what’s to come this fall.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

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SaksPOV: Your spring 2015 collection was inspired by Victorian botanist Marianne North. Had you always known about her work as – as she calls herself – ‘an intrepid artist’ – or did you find her work while researching your collection?

ERDEM MORALIOGLU: I look at everything around me for inspiration; art, music, books, films, my sister, my friends, anything. You never know where you’ll find something you like. I discovered Marianne North’s work at Kew Gardens in London.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

The Erdem Show Opened with Experiments in Brocade

In what ways did you integrate Marianne North’s view of natural flora into your work?

ERDEM: The spring 2015 collection was about the drama and wilderness of nature. I imagined Marianne North getting lost and becoming progressively wilder as she ventured deeper into the jungle.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

A Follow-Up on His Successful spring 2015 Collection – A Verdant Femininity

Many consider spring 2015 to be your biggest stand-out collection to date. What did you learn about yourself during the creative process of this line-up?

ERDEM: There is definitely a kind of pressure related to creating something new each season, but it’s also a continuous process with each collection leading to the next. I think of it being like a book, each chapter couldn’t be written without the preceding one and without the current there could not be the next.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

A Pink and Green Number That’s Hard Not to Fall in Love With

Your clothes are beautiful – hauntingly beautiful in fact. There is always a touch of the ‘lugubrious’ to your work. Where does that come from?

ERDEM: I think I have very distinct handwriting; my work has always been about femininity, even if the aesthetic is sometimes dark.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

San Francisco Bay Was a Perfect Backdrop for This Romantic Outing from Erdem

You’re Canadian-born, British and Turkish. It’s quite a meld. In what ways does this mixed ancestry reveal itself in your clothes?

ERDEM: I grew up in the suburbs of Montreal with parents from two different places: England and Turkey. My work has always been about contrast and perhaps in an unconscious way this contrast of cultures and the fact that I felt always somewhat uprooted has everything to do with the way I design.

Fashion Forward: An Evening with Erdem presented by SF Opera Guild and Saks Fifth Avenue

Erdem Moralioglu and Robert Arnold-Kraft, General Manager of Saks San Francisco

Cast a beautiful spell in Erdem.


Carolina Herrera Presents Her SS15 Collection in SF

Saks and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Welcomed the Legendary Designer to Benefit Fashion Exhibits on the West Coast.

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) was paid quite the esteemed visit by none other than Carolina Herrera, who flew in to present her dazzling and innovative spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection to valued museum patrons, valued Saks Fifth Avenue clients and Carolina Herrera enthusiasts.

The Art of Fashion: Runway Show and Luncheon

The Queen of New York Elegance Herself – Carolina Herrera

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Carolina Herrera DeYoung

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) was paid quite the esteemed visit by none other than Carolina Herrera, who flew in to present her dazzling and innovative spring 2015 ready-to-wear collection to valued museum patrons, valued Saks Fifth Avenue clients and Carolina Herrera enthusiasts.

The Art of Fashion: Runway Show and Luncheon

The Queen of New York Elegance Herself – Carolina Herrera

The event, which took place at the Wilsey Court at the de Young Museum, was co-hosted by Saks and FAMSF to benefit the museums’ world-renowned fashion and textiles exhibitions. At the end of the day, the event, which was bound to be an enormous success, raised over $200,000. New York’s high-priestess of elegance sure knows how to pull in a crowd.

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Not Your Typical Carolina Herrera Bouquets – This Season, 3D Explosions of Flowers Took Precedence

“I’ve always said that fashion is a repetition of ideas,” said Carolina Herrera after her show, “but what is most important is that you make it new and your own. You must trust your instincts and be confident in what speaks to you most.” Carolina Herrera uses flowers as an endless well of inspiration almost in the same way that Christopher Bailey explores the boundless iterations of the Burberry trench.

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“The atelier is the most important place to me when it comes to design. It is the space where everything begins and ends. We can experiment and change any detail that is not working. It is a wonderful process.”

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Breathing New, Modern Life Into the Gown

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Putting the Finishing Touches on the Ruby Lips Beauty Look

Ms. Herrera also indulged our curiosities about what happens when she’s not in that hallowed atelier. Naturally, a woman as cultured and learned as she, who produces works that are grounded in optimism must surround herself totems of peace and happiness. “I have many things that I love to do outside of the office,” she offered. “I love to walk around the reservoir in the (Central) park, visit museums, read, or just be at home with my adorable dogs, Marcus and Gaspar.

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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Backstage Moments Before the Show

Seeing as how we were speaking with a living New York legend, we simply had to find out about her first memories at Saks. “I introduced my first Carolina Herrera fragrance at Saks,” the designer recalls. “I remember I had to go sign bottles and when I arrived I saw a line of thousands of people. I thought they were waiting for someone else, but I was wrong! They were waiting for me and I was so surprised.” Still modest after all this time. That’s class, folks.

Show everyone the regal side of style in Carolina Herrera.