Friday, 12 July 2013

Suede by Sophia – a match made in fashion heaven

You may recall a post last year in which I was drooling over some fabulous shoes at London Fashion Week by Sophia Webster. If you’ve checked them out for yourself, you’ll know that her shoes really are something special – so fabulous that they could quite easily tip you over the edge from shoe lover to full-blown credit card crippling shoe-aholic. Her style is fun, bright, and extremely stylish, but my god does this girl know how to work a flamingo! Now there’s a sentence you don’t get to say very often...

So I was very happy to hear that Sophia has collaborated with global makeup brand Revlon. An unusual partnering in some ways (have many shoe designers collaborated with cosmetic companies before?!) but a logical one when you think about it. Shoes and lipstick play a very similar role in a girl's life – they are instant mood elevators and offer a satisfying pick me up, even on those challenging days when a whiskey coffee won’t suffice.

The collaboration is based on Revlon’s new range of ColorStay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks, and while I have yet to try these (I must ask my good friend and beauty guru Kay for a review) I am a big fan of Revlon, as it offers amazing products and sleek packaging for drugstore prices. I will sing the praises of their Super Lustrous Lip Glosses to anyone who cares to listen! (Super pigmented, long wearing and non-sticky in case you were wondering.)

The shoes are inspired by Sophia’s favourite lipstick shades – some simply reference the colour, while others use a rather cute lip motif to liven up existing classic styles. The shoes reflect the whole lipstick range, from hot pink and coral to bright red and deep burgundy. My favourites are ‘Kiki’ shown above, which were designed exclusively for the Revlon project and inspired by Revlon’s Muse 005. The clear vinyl makes it look like your feet are covered in nothing but lipstick kisses – strange but very pretty!

For something a little more classic, the gorgeous burgundy ‘Backstage’ pair were inspired by the deep shade 035. Sophia says, “I teamed this suede with rose gold baubles as this is my favourite metallic tone, it's opulent yet elegant and feminine.”

‘Lulu Red’ is a fantastic summery pair of shoes inspired by Revlon’s classic red lipstick shades. The polka dots and ankle strap give them a glamorous fifties feel and you can easily picture a red-lipped Marilyn Monroe skipping round old-school Hollywood in a pair.

For the whole range visit, where I believe each pair is around the £500 mark and made to order. If you love Sophia Webster but don’t fancy parting with quite that much cash I have good news for you – you can currently pick up some fantastic sale bargains over on her very pretty website for a fraction of the price. I'll post a few of my favourites below, but for more choices visit

Peron slingback with rose gold flamingo heel £102, was £340
Flamingo vinyl lace-up bootie £340, was £485

Rio sunrise sandal £170, was £340

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