Set within the grand, neo-classical surrounds of the New York Public Library, Victoria Beckham’s ready-to-wear collection for S/S13 hit the catwalk to the ridiculously catchy tune of Grimes’ ‘Oblivion’ – and it was both as immediately digestible as the soundtrack, and as pared-back and sophisticated as its locale. Beckham’s vision for spring was refreshingly direct – sparse, simple, sharp and Alaia-esque. Forms were feminine, flattering and loosely 60s-inspired – cropped jackets revealing nipped in waists with matching flippy mini-skirts, and killer sculpted A-line dresses in solid colour proving the standouts of a concise collection.
There was an overall ease of wear consistent throughout the pragmatic yet flirty and fun separates and dresses, a point made particularly apparent through the surprisingly practical choice of footwear - flat pumps and sandals (a welcome change from Beckham's usual sky-high kicks). While husband David Beckham, sitting front row in impeccable suit and tie, may have unintentionally stolen the show (it was near impossible to look away!), the collection – beautifully tailored, well-edited and modern-classic – came an impressively close second. Now in its fourth year, Victoria Beckham’s line continues to go from strength to strength as she learns more about her ‘woman’ and continues to extend beyond her signature body-con sheath dresses with aplomb.