Sophia Webster Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund 2016 Prize

Nominees like Emilia Wickstead, Mother of Pearl, Osman, Prism, and Sophia Webster waited in anticipation to hear who won the annual British Fashion Council/Vogue Fashion Fund prize for 2016. But it was Sophia Webster who came out on top. On Tuesday evening, the ceremony took place at the Bulgari Hotel in London, and Webster was inevitably crowned as the recipient. She received 200,000 pounds to go toward her London-based footwear business as well as support from mentors for one full year.

Sophia Webster Wins BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund 2016 Prize

At the deciding end of the announcement was a fabulous panel of judges, including names like Alexandra Shulman, Joan Burstein, Samantha Cameron, and Victoria Beckham, who also showed an international business plan. The process of the fashion fund was video recorded and uploaded to British Vogue’s website and on YouTube.

As always, the fund was sponsored by Burberry, Harrods, Paul Smith, Topshop, and Vogue, and marks the seventh year for the fund from its first award given back in 2009. Webster now is able to join the ranks of past recipients, like Christopher Kane, Erdem, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, and Peter Pilotto. And this is not a matter that she takes lightly.

“It feels amazing!” she told British Vogue with a grin. “I’m so shocked; I still can’t quite take it in. This will just make such a massive difference to our business. The store is next on the agenda, we only just got the keys last week so that’s our next focus. After that, our team is growing and we’ve really outgrown our space so next will be a new office. It’s incredible!”

So much can change for a business with that substantial amount of money, but hosting the title of BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund victor does even more than that. Shulman, editor at Vogue, took the time to speak with British Vogue as well, to touch on why Webster was chosen as this year’s recipient. “Sophia Webster is a great winner for this year’s award,” she said. “The brand encapsulates all the originality and creativity that British fashion is known for, while Sophia and her team have pursued a clear vision with drive and professionalism.”

There is something else quite remarkable about Webster’s award, in that she is only one of two footwear designers to have won the award, with 2013 recipient Kirkwood being the first. But Webster’s plans inevitably wowed the judges and won them over, and CEO of the BFC Caroline Rush also was one to voice her words of good wishes when prompted by British Vogue.

“Congratulations to Sophia Webster who has deservingly received this year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund,” Rush said. “The judging committee was impressed by her brilliant talent and thorough business acumen; seeing great potential for developing her label into an internationally acclaimed British brand. Sophia has an amazing ability to turn accessories into masterpieces, and we are thrilled to support her at an exciting time of growth.”

With such supportive words and great financial gain, there is no reason to doubt Webster will do great things with her business. With this new title under her belt, the company will likely get a great deal of new business, especially in the short-term. So cheers to Webster for her exciting win, and we look forward to seeing what comes of her new status.

Photo courtesy of WWD

Recent Posts

Holley’s Outfit Of The Week 2/23.

  This week on the live social media love segments we did, I got a lot of requests for information regarding my outfit. SO, I decided to make it this week's "Outfit of the week"....

Roberto Cavalli Fall 2018 Collection at MFW

Paul Surridge presented his second collection for the Italian brand Roberto Cavalli at MFW. The designer tried to stick to Cavalli's signature maximalist aesthetic while involving some of his minimalism here and there. Watch the...

Gorgeous Pastel Nail Art to Try

Spring is almost here, so we are ready for new, fun nail designs. According to celebrity nail artists this year gorgeous pastel shades will be trending. If you are tired of all the dull, dark...

Versace Fall 2018 Collection at MFW

Donatella Versace is a huge celebrator of bold colors and prints. Her Spring 2018 show filled with nostalgia for her late brother Gianni Versace and the biggest current and former supermodes was on for the...

KITH Debuts Net-a-Porter Partnership with A Champion Collab

The popular streetwear brand KITH will now be available on Net-a-Porter. Many have been waiting for the moment when they could get all their favorite KITH pieces via the luxury online retailer. Since everyone loves...