Now that her secondary line, Victoria, Victoria Beckham, is up and running in a more casual arena, for fall the designer gave herself permission to return her focus to the sliver silhouettes with which she started. Aside from a selection of top-notch coats, the show was dresses-only and, despite Beckham’s claims of versatility, the alluring lineup seemed best suited to bodies similar to her own; they hugged every curve with their stretch hourglass lines. The news came in fabric mixes — sometimes in tonal textural plays — and in well-placed hardware details inspired by her handbags.
Beckham’s look is undeniably womanly, yet the military and baseball themes gave the collection a gripping dose of street. “I’m living and breathing sport having so many boys in the house,” said Beckham during a preview. A killer linear forest green dress was traced in black at the arms and sleeves. Some had cutout backs with strappy harnesses, and the kicky little black styles with flared skirts — the only alternative to skintight and straight — had slick black belts and leather shirt collars.
As impressive as the clothes was Beckham’s savvy, forward-thinking approach to her show. She made her point sharply with 22 looks, opting to leave her eveningwear in the showroom. “We decided to keep it very precise,” said Beckham. Nothing extra, everything in its place.