Thursday, 25 February 2010
Shoes by Sophie Gittens
I met Sophie at the On/Off Exhibition on Sunday and although there were lots of lovely clothes on display, I was instantly drawn to her beautiful Shoe Collection for A/W10.
Sophie trained at Cordwainers, London College of Fashion and went on to become a finalist of Fashion Fringe Shoes, which included Manolo Blahnik and Rupert Sanderson on its judging panel and has earnt international praise from Vogue.com, Style.com and The Independent, with British Elle describing Sophie as "one of the New Shoe Designers turning heads.
I was fascinated to find that for this collection Sophie has taken inspiration from an American Architect and his passion for Japanese art, but once you know this, you can see the Origami influences in her designs.
You are looking at a Jimmy Choo and Gina price bracket, but with Python and Ponyskin being the materials used, coupled with the Italian craftsmanship, you wouldn't expect anything less.
The open toed boots were my favourites, but I loved every pair and as my own pictures were pretty rubbish, I photographed some pictures from the Brochure so you can see more more clearly.
I really hope this collection becomes more readily available, it would sit easily at Browns, Matches or Net-a-porter. Surely young home grown talent like this needs supporting. I know all my shoe mad blogging friends are going to love these as much as I do.
For more information see Sophies website http://www.sophiegittens.com/
So what do you think? Did anyone else see Sophie at LFW?