I'm not very good at verifying real FIRSTS but I do believe we have our first collaboration between a a global make-up brand and a shoe designer on a range of shoes (as opposed to a range of make-up products). Do correct me if I'm wrong but I've been scratching my head trying to remember something of this special ilk. And believe me, scroll through the post and you will find yourself swooning, coo-ing and OMG-ing in the way that women do when faced with delectable and delicious footwear. Sophia Webster has made a smashing ascent on the shoe design scene with only a few seasons under her belt with an aesthetic that is eye-candy incarnated. Trying on a pair of shoes on my feet literally makes me squeal with unabashed girly delight – something that normally makes me cringe but then again Sophia's shoes are rather exceptional.
Revlon approached Sophia with the potential of a collaboration based on their new range of Colourstay Ultimate Suede Lipsticks and so the most fantastic shoe collabs (in my mind at least…) came to fruition. Sophia took her favourite shades of the lippy range such as "Muse" fuschia and "Backstage" burgandy and came up with a kiss motif to embroider on to Liza Get Lippy suede pumps (showing just the right amount of toe cleavage if there is in fact such a thing…) as though it were a gradiating leopard print. Or she printed it on motif to update existing Sophia shapes like the Mimi mid-height slingback. There are pi√®ce de r√©sistance styles in the collection such as the spindly-striped-heeled Kiki Kisses (the ones that Sophia are wearing in the photo below) with a brilliant suede lipstick running up the back or the Millie Mwah suede slingback with a big smackeroo kiss on the toes. The lipstick or the lip combined with the shoe is no new pairing. Just look to Alberto Guardiani's iconic lipstick heel or Miuccia Prada's S/S 12 flaming lipstick sandals. Here though Revlon's lippie expertise comes together with Sophia's shoe with authenticity and verve and it just so happens that the lipstick motif plays into Sophia's own penchant for the kawaii, the kitsch and the girly, without veering too far into sickeningly saccharine territory.
Best of all, this isn't just a vanity project to pump up sales of lippies (whilst I'm no beauty blogger, I am loving the moisterising and matte feel of Revlon's Ultimate Suede lipsticks). These shoes will be available to buy on a made-to-order basis. As this post was being published, the special Suede by Sophia e-commerce page still wasn't live yet but I'm told all the styles seen here in these pics, will be available to buy with a six to eight week wait period for the production time. There's already a fair amount of Twitter/Instagram buzz about the shoes so with this lipsmackingly good (oh come on – SO many puns to play with…) partnership, it's probable that Revlon and Sophia have a hit on their feet…
Coincidentally, Sophia Webster has also relaunched her website with full e-commerce capability with the pastel backdrop and leopard colours already enticing me to click checkout on shoes featuring flamingos, Rio sunrises and all the rest of Sophia's instantly recognisable texture and colour clash mash language, which she is owning in the shoe world.