If there was ever a designer fully tuned into trans-seasonal fashion, and the laws of layering, it’s Victoria Beckham, who’s been spending her lockdown in Miami with the family, as husband David gets on with work at Inter Miami CF, the MLS team he cofounded.
The family has been in south Florida since Christmas, and Victoria has been homeschooling the kids and working remotely with her team back in freezing, snowy, locked-down London. This season, she’s combined her pre-fall and fall collections, and filled them with pieces that can work in a variety of climates.
Her lineup was packed with military looks — roomy topcoats with shiny buttons; navy trousers with red stripes, and a puffer jacket with regimental details.
Dresses were light and floaty, with military buttons or ruffles and pleats here and there, in a nod to Laura Ashley. Some were worn layered over turtleneck knits. Other dresses were more fanciful: One featured a Deco goldfish placement print, while another shone like a glittery sea creature, covered with a slick of paillettes.
As always, there were lots of chunky knits and denim — for jeans and even knee-high boots. Laid-back tailoring came in the form of wide-leg trousers and jackets with a soft construction.
Beckham, dressed in a black T-shirt and baseball cap, radiated sunshine during a video call as she talked about the fall season.
“People still want to dress up — and to dream — but there’s a need for comfort and a sense of protection right now,” said Beckham, adding that she wanted this collection to be seasonless, light and layer-able, too, as the first drop will be in May, and the second in August.
She had a dream come true this season: Her team was able to shoot the collection in January at London’s Hayward Gallery, which is currently closed due to the pandemic.
Over the summer, the brand set out a new structure and vision aimed at making the company a leaner and more efficient machine. Team Beckham reduced the number of skus by 30 to 40 percent and is also looking to get the collections onto the shop floor more quickly, and maximize the length of time they can sell at full price.
The company is also putting a bigger focus on digital, direct-to-consumer sales, and ensuring the main collection offers a 360-degree wardrobe, making it easy for her customer to do a one-stop shop, whatever the weather.