City hopper Victoria Beckham put her native London in the spotlight with a collection inspired by the streetscape, the cool kids — and the mercurial weather. “These are my foggy grays,” she said, happily pointing to a clutch of models wearing pieces that included pleat-front wide-leg trousers, a long double-face cashmere coat and a sleeveless funnel-neck sweater — all in the shades of the typical London sky.
Beckham showed off her secondary line during a presentation inside one of the city’s landmarks – and teatime destinations – the Ritz hotel on Piccadilly. Her cozy show space overlooking Green Park was dotted with big bowls of truffles and trays of teacakes while a man with a silver salver circulated with finger sandwiches.
There was nothing old-school, however, about this fresh, street- and sports-inspired collection. It was one of Beckham’s most confident yet, filled with a mix of snappy dresses, slouchy trousers and laid-back toppers.
Among the highlights were the roomy trousers, which ranged from the pleated gray flannel versions to some sportier black track pants that came with dark beribboned jackets. There was a big range of dresses — a mainstay of this collection — some had twists of fabric at the front, while others had knots running down the arms, or knotted bow details.
Among the standouts were a long and lean tangerine crepe dress with knife pleats on the skirt, a dark purple A-line with spots of bright color meant to resemble the city’s lights at night, and a short and sweet gray number with a rendering of a London streetscape, complete with double-decker bus — and Beckham’s Dover Street store.
Street style surfaced with a shiny olive satin bomber, a pair of black shearling gloves as chunky as boxing mitts and a lineup of parkas and oversized VVB logo cardigans and jackets. Welcome home, Victoria.