Any shoe designer whose graduate collection was conceived with candy, sweets, and ice cream on the mind is a girl after our own hearts. So when British talent Camilla Elphick stepped onto the fashion scene with a range of brightly-colored Pez heels, we were instant fans. It’s not surprising that the youthful footwear talent, who launched her namesake label in March of 2014 after working under industry greats like Nicholas Kirkwood, Sophia Webster, Paul Andrew, and Charlotte Olympia, has also garnered props from the ultimate trio of cool girls—Alexa Chung, Dree Hemingway, and Leandra Medine have all sported Elphick’s shoes around London and New York. As her brand continues to gain traction and her team preps for the launch of her Spring 2017 collection, the blonde-haired Parsons grad chatted with Fashion Unfiltered about her design inspiration, her first pair of shoes (ever!), and the New York apartment she rented from Girls‘ actress Jemima Kirke.
Jessica Minkoff: Tell us a little bit about your childhood and when you discovered your passion for fashion, accessories, and design.
Camilla Elphick: When I was younger, I always liked fashion, design, and art. I used to try to turn all of my art projects into something fashion related even if it was slightly off topic. I’ve also always had a thing for shoes—I still have my first pair of shoes ever. On the weekends, I used to get dressed up and go to all the shops while my friends were playing in the park. I went straight to Harrods. Then I started going to art galleries and traveling to New York a lot and I always wanted to move there. I applied to Parsons and when I got in, that was a dream come true.
JM: You say you still have your first pair of shoes. What were they?
CE: I got them at a shop in England called Clarks. They were a little Mary Jane style.