Sophia Webster likes to have a ball. So much so, that for Autumn/Winter 2018, the British designer transformed the Pompadour Ballroom at the Hotel Café Royal with podiums, giant disco balls and bright neon lights. Oozing drama and flamboyance – and complete with this season’s signature motto: "I don't need a mango to tango" – the collection drew inspiration from Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom and Webster's former dancing days when she competed as a child.
Far from demure, shoes came with their usual offering of crystals, sequins and feathers. Noteworthy styles included a delicate stiletto, adorned with embellished fruits, a pair of knee-high caged sandals embellished and in a luminous shade of canary melon yellow, and an upgraded bootie with a removable jewelled buckle to take Webster's daring crowd from day to night. Cabinets lined the walls, packed full with her own trophies alongside fresh takes on the signature butterfly stiletto and exuberant tongue-in-cheek slogan bags. Ever the aficionado of serious fun, the collection is sure to succeed in making the wearer dance like no one is watching.
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