I doubt anyone remains unconvinced about Victoria Beckham the designer. So, there’s no need to have that talk anymore. What’s wonderful about her and what she does, is her sense of directness and candour – no BS, and why should she? With a bustling business and a brand new flagship store in London’s Dover Street (and yes, a pretty gorgeous family who were front row today for support) things are going splendidly. Last season’s minor hiccup of a collection that felt a little too contrived is old news. Today, alongside hot tea to a crowd of frozen guests she served up a winner. ‘I began with the dress’, she said, a process she confessed she found ‘liberating and surprising’. Liberating because Victoria should design what she and therefore what her loyal customers want to wear, not what she should want to wear.
Take the opening dress. Black, with a low neckline, fitted but with a fold to the skirt so it bounced when moving, with two big horn buttons for decoration (so what if they brought to mind Celine? What doesn’t these days?) and simple but stunning tan leather boots. You could see Victoria wearing it and you could see many other women wearing it too. ‘It’s not about one theme’, Victoria said, ‘but instead thinking about what women really want to wear…’, the operative word in that sentence being: ‘really’. Another one in oaty cream featured a high neck with a ribbed skirt that looked like a sweater artfully but abstractedly wrapped around the hips. It wasn’t all about dresses however. Clever knitwear managed to look both interesting and cosy, like a navy ribbed sweater with roomy sleeves that were pinched above the elbows for definition, which was paired with even roomier mustard culottes no less! Ultimately, this was a pick-your-favourite coats – blame it on the arctic wind wrecking street-style havoc outside. From funnel necks to low neckline and in a palette of navy, grey or cream with the occasional splash of bright orange they were instantly appealing and very much the definition of ‘investment dressing’. Is anyone still dubious about Victoria Beckham the businesswoman?