Victoria Beckham talked this morning about the continuing evolution of her personal style – and subsequently that of her brand – but her latest show is proof that she has in fact found her sweet spot. In one of her best collections yet, she managed to combine the loose and relaxed silhouettes she, and fashion as a whole, has been trying out lately with the leaner and cinched-in forms that she, and many of her customers, naturally gravitates towards. It was also quite a daring show, confidently mixing patterns and textures, checks and stripes in warm Seventies wallpaper tones. Yes, she showed corsets aplenty but she herself took her bow wearing white sneakers.
Those corsets, made softer in Prince of Wales checks and ivory silk satin, were paired with midi wrap skirts – the bright orange and white seams coming slightly undone at the hem – and high-waist trousers creating an hourglass silhouette, a Beckham staple, that showed up again in bustier dresses. The big pockets (she knows!) and traditional olive green checks and squashy orange striped fabrics kept them at a safe distance from the Posh Spice look. Then again, the extra pointy patent flats alone would ensure that. Beckham experimented more with volume with some bubble skirts she teamed with long ribbed knits – a particularly great look had a striped sweater under a plaid school blazer and easy calf-length boots. Another clashed a navy gingham shirt with an orange striped skirt. Her outerwear has always been strong and there were many great options here, long and roomy in those undone checks and fringe-hemmed navy wool, clutched close by the models. They could have easily stepped through Cipriani’s gold revolving doors and onto a freezing cold Wall Street.