Victoria Beckham started with a simple point for her A/W 17 collection: a blazer and a skirt. She said she had never worn them together before and apparently, framed her latest collection around this pairing.
What transpired was polished but relaxed. A sheer flowing black chiffon skirt, hitting just above the ankles, fit with a neatly tailored blazer; a crimson number, also sheer with a lining; a deep blue and dust red plaid blazer; and other options, including a tiered silk cherry-hued midi skirt, popped up. These skirts weren’t exactly what you would expect—they were loose to the body and felt, if anything, comfortable and free. Beckham is still a polished womenswear designer, but she might just be loosening up a bit. It felt like a progression: even the most professionally put-together dresser can add a bit of carefree contrast to her wardrobe.
Geometric patterning was another focus - the colour-blocked shapes were inspired by the work of Paul Nash, whose exhibition at the Tate caught Beckham’s attention. Nash held an obsession with ancient Britain and looked to coastal Southern England, the phases of the moon and the country’s natural environment in his early practice. His surrealist paintings of moons and landscapes played reference for Beckham’s swirled, colour weaving dresses. The dresses covered the body. Like the rest of the collection, they felt very grown-up. Only their bright colours and subtle nods to surrealism took away from their discretion.