The Designer Behind Sophia Webster Is As Fun And Fabulous As You’d Expect

Minimalism? We don’t know her! For the maximalists in our midst, thank God there’ll always be Sophia Webster to reach for. The namesake designer behind the first word in fantasy footwear is now inviting fans to delve into the stories behind her awe-inspiring brand, with the publication of her coffee table tome-meets-walk down memory lane Oh My Gosh, I Love Your Shoes! All illustrated by hand-drawn images of her signature wowza butterfly-adorned stilettos, pearly platforms, embellished sandals, fancy flats, and more. There’s no shortage of sweet anecdotes about building the business from the ground up, her unconventional inspirations, and heartfelt dispatches from someone who still feels like your favorite girl next door, who happens to also be an award-winning force to be reckoned with. Right this way! 

What’s a surprise fact about you or hidden talent that you have?
I was a competitive disco dancer when I was a

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Valentino’s longtime designer Piccioli announces his departure from the brand after 25 years

Valentino’s longtime creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, on Friday announced his departure after 25 years at the storied Italian fashion house.

In an emotional statement shared on Instagram, Piccioli reflected on his 25-year tenure with the brand, thanking co-founders Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti and the team that contributed to the brand’s success during his time. The designer, known for infusing Valentino with contemporary romance and bold creativity, will leave as the brand prepares to usher in a “new creative organization.”

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Pierpaolo Piccioli

Designer Pierpaolo Piccioli accepts applause for the Valentino Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2024 collection presented in Paris, on Jan. 24, 2024. Valentino’s longtime creative director, Pierpaolo Piccioli, has announced his departure from the storied Italian fashion house. In an emotional statement shared Friday on Instagram, Piccioli reflected on his 25-year tenure

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Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten is stepping down as creative director at the end of June

BRUSSELS — Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who for almost four decades dazzled the fashion world with his luscious use of colors and fabrics, said Tuesday that he will step down as creative director of his namesake brand at the end of June.

Van Noten, 65, a master of blending the old with the new, said in a statement that the 2025 men’s spring-summer collection will be the last in his current role. He added that the women’s collection will be designed by his studio.

Van Noten’s successor will be announced at a later stage, he said.

“I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” Van Noten said.

Although he will relinquish his role as creative director, Van Noten will still be involved in the fashion house.

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Fashion designer Dries Van Noten to step down from namesake brand

Belgian designer Dries Van Noten, who for almost four decades dazzled the fashion world with his luscious use of colors and fabrics, said Tuesday he will step down as creative director of his namesake brand at the end of June.

Van Noten, 65, a master of blending the old with the new, said in a statement that the 2025 men’s Spring-Summer collection will be the last in his current role. He added that the women’s collection will be designed by his studio.

Van Noten’s successor will be announced at a later stage, he said.

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“I have been preparing for this moment for a while, and I feel it’s time to leave room for a new generation of talents to bring their vision to the brand,” Van Noten said.

Although he will relinquish his role as creative director, Van

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The A to Z Guide to Black Designers on SSENSE

The A to Z Guide to Black Designers on SSENSE
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Black designers are the past, present, and future, often unseen in the credit they rightfully deserve. We’re here to give credit where it’s due, highlighting an array of Black designers deserving recognition for their contributions to the fashion industry. Many of these designers know the difficulty of wearing multiple Hats—carrying a heavy load of responsibilities on their backs. These creative forces, from all over the world, embody the essence of hard work paying off, transitioning from the classrooms to the runways, and rising to the top of the fashion industry. 

From emerging to established brands, these are names you should know. In honor of Black History Month and the spirit of Black innovation, we’re spotlighting every brand that’s Black-owned or helmed by a Black designer available on SSENSE. These designers are the cultural architects of our generation, spanning minimal aesthetics, luxury streetwear, avant-garde designs, and trendsetting creations. Tap

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Fashion to Empower: 12 Women’s Designers on the Most Meaningful Pieces They Own

A business loafer (that works for a weekend coffee run) in suede. Jamie Haller started her brand during the beginning months of the pandemic in 2020. She’s built it into a cult brand from her garage. I’m one of her biggest fans.


Rosh Mahtani, founder and creative director of Alighieri 

Photo Courtesy of Rosh Mahtani

Photo: Courtesy of Rosh Mahtani

 I’ve been living in these Toteme loafers. I’m a true minimalist when it comes to my wardrobe, I love having an easy uniform of high-waisted cigarette trousers, an oversized jumper and layers of jewellery. I’d been searching for the perfect loafer for a while, and I definitely met the match with these Toteme pairs.

I recently stumbled upon the brand, Cou Cou, and absolutely love wearing their vest tops tucked into suit trousers or under dungarees. The cotton is so nostalgic of childhood, and it always feels like a good day when I know I’m

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What To Expect at New York Fashion Week FW24

Where September represents a livelier and party-filled New York Fashion Week, February returns to the basics with clothes at the core – breaking some of winter’s frost with their captivating designs. In New York City specifically, the season represents a time of heightened focus for brands to curate cohesive collections and refine their design expertise.

With this year’s calendar, a roster of designers is taking to the catwalk for their Fall/Winter 2024 collections. From names like Helmut Lang to Michael Kors and Thom Browne, there’s a range of moments to be on the lookout for featuring highlight returns, seasoned New York Fashion Week names and even a few newcomers – taking place from Friday, February 9 through Wednesday, February 14.

Highlight Returns

Last September’s NYFW, Peter Do held his first runway show as Helmut Lang’s new creative director in an attempt to return the brand to its

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Top Fashion Stories of the Week: October 27

This week’s biggest headlines in fashion spanned brand launches and fame-filled campaign releases to scandalous exposés and luxury financial reports. Among the most notable reads, Kylie Jenner announced her namesake fashion label, KHY, will launch its debut collection in November, and A$AP Rocky was named the creative director of PUMA and Formula 1’s partnership.

Elsewhere, The New York Times published a new investigation that revealed adidas had excused Ye’s misconduct for almost a decade in pursuit of profits; and Kering posted revenues that declined by 13%. Rounding out the list, Maggie Smith fronted LOEWE’s latest campaign; Robert Pattinson starred in Dior’s new Icons imagery, and Balenciaga unveiled its first-ever ski capsule.

Below, Hypebeast has rounded up the top fashion stories of the week so you can stay up to date on trends in the industry.

Kylie Jenner Unveiled Her New Clothing Label, KHY

This week, Kylie Jenner

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A$AP Rocky named creative director of Puma, F1 partnership

A$AP Rocky has been named creative director for a partnership between Puma and Formula 1.

The rapper, designer and boyfriend of Rihanna will serve as creative director of the F1 partnership, which will “focus on the intersection of the sport and streetwear,” according to a press release from Puma on Monday.

Rocky, 35, will design clothing capsules and bring a new perspective to the brand with his “fashion knowledge, style and cultural expertise,” which will influence Puma’s “seasonal design directions” going forward.

“Working with brands as iconic as PUMA, and as innovative as F1, has been truly inspiring,” Rocky shared in the release. “When the world sees what were (sic) doing, I believe a shift will happen with how brand’s (sic) approach taking risks and working with diverse creatives.”

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Fashion’s Great White Man Problem

It’s how we end up with years of superhero movies (until superhero movies stop performing), with unending book series about vampires and faeries and their love affairs with mortal women, with a whole swath of designers hired out of streetwear lines — until the market gets saturated or the copy of the copy of the original becomes so removed from the source that it is no longer convincing.

Yet currently, the industry model seems to be Up with No. 2! Or find the next big creative director in the shadows of an already successful creative director. That is exactly what is engendering the current spate of sameness, said Alice Bouleau, the head of the creative sector at Sterling International, a global search firm that works with many of the large fashion brands.

By the time anyone gets to that point in the system, she said, the barriers to entry —

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