Lily and Zozo with Sophy Robson - October 2011 - These are all Lily's photos
This wasn't a planned thing at all, it was sheer coincidence and I felt quite bad for Sophy that this happened to her, but basically Lily and I were at the Car Bootique in Westfield a couple of months ago doing Lily's #wihtwestfield game and generally shopping. We had a mooch around the Car Bootique before Firetrap approached us and asked if we'd like to leave our email in exchange for getting our nails done by 'Sophie Robinson' the woman said. Both Lily and I were confused, put our emails down, went away to think and then came back having realised she meant Sophy Robson! What meant to happen was that Sophy Robson's nail technicians were meant to do the show, but Sophy got roped in right at the last minute as the PR had been promising the crowd she would be there to do people's nails.
Lily of course being a big fan of Sophy's 'eek' nails from the Giles Deacon show and me loving her recent invention the Dalmation nails - yes ladies and gents, that is a Sophy Robson original - we both jumped at the chance to speak to her and get our nails done by her. Only one of us had time to get them and seeing as Lily wanted it I let Lily get hers done while I asked Sophy some questions (I know, i'm cheeky, right?) Want to find out what she rates and what she hates and all about Sophy? Read on...
I asked Sophy what brand of nail varnish she liked the most to which she responded that she didn't 'care about the brand' and picked all her nail varnish shades just primarily on the colour. She said she used anything from Topshop nails to Chanel, and would buy whatever colour she liked or needed. I noticed she had Chanel's Peridot, but it was covered in blue polish. She told us a story in that the Peridot was actually the sample one before the pre release given to her by a friend at Chanel, and she'd accidently spilt another blue polish all over ruining what could have been a timeless piece of Chanel polish history!
Sophy also talked about how near on impossible it is to copyright a nail look, and before talking to her neither of us actually knew the Dalmation nails were her design, before they were essentially stolen by Topshop and repromoted all over the internet. She explained there was nothing she could really do about it, apart from ensuring that all clients after the design done perfectly should head to her salon - which is priced incredibly well - to get them done by Sophy's trained technicians. What she did do, is start her own Tumblr called Nail Porn where she showcases all of her nails and what should now become your go to for nail art inspiration.
She also explained how for her she felt Fashion Week was fun but it was 'done', and she preferred working at home on her own designs and concentrating on her salon. She loved designing for designers and being a part of the fashion weeks but as she'd done it for so long it had become so stressful and hard for her to continue doing. I don't blame her, the pressure at fashion week is immense, and when you're as talented as Sophy it's not really an essential thing you need to do.
We also chatted nail art, our favourite nail designs and she had a go at Lily for not using basecoat! I loved my impromptu meeting with Sophy Robson, she was absolutely beyond lovely and am now off to book myself a visit to her salon!
What do you think of Sophy Robson? Did you like this little interview-y insight into her life? How lucky was Lily to have her nails personally painted by her for free! We both left grinning, it was easily the best part of our day. No one else around the stand knew at all who she was, and I think she as well as us were suitably refreshed to be able to talk about her designs and her work in the afternoon.
Disclaimer:This event was not a PR event or staged for the blog, it genuinely was sheer coincidence and I thought you might like to see it!