When I was in high school the thought of wearing J. Crew would have horrified my quirky little indie soul into a coma, but the J. Crew of my youth was a much different, more conservative sort of place. Now it’s one of the most-watched shows at NYFW, if for no other reason than we all want to see what color of lipstick we’re going to want to buy this spring. And even if CEO Mickey Drexler has said the brand would be toning down the fashion-forward styling to get back to its core customers, tomorrow it will be revealing a designer collaboration you’re probably going to want to get a look at.
Sophia Webster is an up-and-coming British shoe designer who cut her teeth as a design assistant at Nicholas Kirkwood before debuting her own collection for Spring/Summer 2013. Tomorrow the models at the J.Crew presentation will be wearing a special capsule collection created by Webster that will go up for sale along with the Spring wares in 2014.
The shoes will follow Webster’s normal silhouette, so expect some truly spindly stiletto heels. And they won’t be subtle or conservative. Webster’s manic pixie dream shoes definitely fall on the quirky/interesting side of the design spectrum, so be prepared for some nuclear level whimsy. (Webster’s baby shoes are so cute your ovaries will try to climb out of your body and jump inside them).
In retrospect, I should have seen this coming when Jenna Lyons wore Webster’s shoes for the Costume Institute’s Punk: Chaos to Couture gala in May.
Lyons describes Webster’s shoes as “a beautiful world for your feet to spend the day in.” (Is it just me, or does Lyons sound like she’s being possessed by the ghost of Zooey Deschanel?)
The quirky, twee, statement shoe isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, but it does happen to be mine, so as far as I’m concerned this might be the collab of the year. The actual collection will be revealed at the show tomorrow, but J. Crew should probably just take my money now.