When you see a flash of red on the sole of a heel, you think Louboutin. When you see a bumblebee, you should think Sophie Gittins. The designer's ladylike shoes won the favour of Vogue before her first fashion week - but all that training at Chloe and a strong sense of business savvy probably helped.
A month after London took down its fashion-week catwalks, the up-and-coming designer tells us what she's been up to and why Thandie Newton should come calling.
Vogue loves her. We love her. Now you can love her, too. Sophie Gittins tells Fash Pack about training at Chloe, meeting Manolo Blahnik, and gaining a surprisingly sweet perspective from insects.
(Can you tell we're getting excited for some fabulous British designing at London Fashion Week?)
When did you start designing? It’s hard to say when I first started officially but I’ve always been altering things and adding details. Friday teatimes were normally dominated by me attempting some hideously complicated alteration to a dress of some description – I remember painstakingly spending hours stitching lace roses onto some shoes only to change my mind the next day and snip them off again.