There are some designers whose collections I rush to see when they launch a new collection, new piece or show at Fashion Week, and Sophia Webster is one such designer. Her magical Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is called ‘I Don’t Need a Mango to Tango’, and embodies the opulent, vibrant and intensely competitive world of ballroom and Latin dance. And I love it.
The collection is inspired from one of Sophia’s favourite films, Baz Luhrmann’s 1922 wonderful Strictly Ballroom, she explores this exaggerated world bursting with feathers, sequins and colour.
This season also reflects a passionate, feminine, Latin undercurrent, with dramatic laser cut ruffles on suede, fluid undulations of satin, embroidered textures and black lace panelling, all taking reference from Spanish flamenco dresses and fans. It is dramatic, fun and one of my favourite presentation of London Fashion Week.
”The collection and show theme this season is very close to my heart as I grew up with competitive dancing. Dance costumes have to be made in striking colour combinations, sequins and crystals to attract the attention of judges, and I loved bringing all this to life in AW18. There is endless inspiration to create a bold and spirited collection, which is at the same time sexy, feminine and wearable.” – Sophia Webster
Patti Wilson leads the style vision with garments inspired by Sophia’s designs and glittering Latin dance costumes. The garments, created by Christian Cowan, capture the sassy edge of the competitive dance scene and perfectly compliment the crystals, feathers, embellishments and feminine drama of the collection. Sophia’s one-off signature speech bubble bags appear throughout the show featuring new design details including gold disco-ball kiss locks and ornate rococo handles.
If you would like to dance through her wonderful works of art, you can salsa through her website here.
Images kindly provided by Sophia Webster for use.