If 2009 was Alexander Wang’s year, and it was, then 2010 will be the year of French-born designer Sophie Theallet. For she has followed in Wang’s footsteps and won the CFDA/American Vogue Fashion Fund award, which was announced at a star-studded dinner in New York last night.
But if you haven’t heard of Sophie yet, you will definitely be aware of her work. She is a firm favourite of First Lady, Michelle Obama, who has worn Sophie’s pieces on several occasions, after picking them up from the Ikram boutique in Chicago. She grew up in the South West of France, the only girl with five brothers for company, ‘she was a tomboy who dreamt of princesses in beautiful gowns.’ After graduating she worked for Jean-Paul Gaultier and was Azzedine Alaia’s right hand lady for ten years.
Now living and working in NY, Sophie’s clothes are designed with real women in mind. Feminine dresses for the working woman, with a touch of the quirk. The designer describes her style as ‘bohemian luxe seen through the eyes of a sophisticated couturier.’ After she collected her award from Lanvin’s Alber Elbaz, Sophie said, ‘Thank you for making my American dreams come true.’