Victoria Beckham is tired of lockdown’s cozy comfort aesthetics and wants to bring rigor — and sexiness — back to her collections.
“I’ve been living beneath clothing for so long, I want to show a waist, accentuate a figure — I want to get dressed again,” said Beckham during a walk-through of the latest collection at her west London studio. She said her aim is “to bring sexy back in a very VB way,” which explains the new slim, gold buckle belts on trousers, open-and-shut zippers on knits, and gossamer slipdresses with lacy, lingerie details.
Tailoring played a big role in this collection, too, as Beckham said she’s not interested in a relaxed look. “I want discipline, and to hold myself in a better way,” said the designer, who was dressed in pieces from the pre-collection, including a light brown check blazer with a purple stripe. The collection also featured a reversible trench with khaki on one side, and a check pattern on the other, and an apple green suit with patch pockets. Even the denim was structured — as in a long shirt jacket with epaulets and statement cuffs.
While this collection focused on rigor, there were touches of softness, too, in the form of a velvet turtleneck and a lineup of silk twill pieces with a new VB logo. Beckham said she loves the silk because it doesn’t crease, not matter how many times it goes in and out of a suitcase. She also worked that same silk into pajama sets, which she said her customers love. This season they have more structure and a narrower silhouette, in line with the collection’s tailored look.
Then there was the color palette, as eye-popping as a new pack of highlighters and guaranteed to wake up even the groggiest of post-holiday revelers. Beckham said she was partly inspired by the interiors of Sant Ambroeus in Palm Beach, which inspired a dress, suit and knitwear the color of an Aperol spritz.