With her tenth anniversary show, held in a gallery next door to her Dover Street store, Victoria Beckham showed in her home town London for the very first time.
The strong, powerful looks felt a long way away from the high waisted bodycon dresses the designer first showed in 2008. ‘The collection looks back, but also forward – it explores the codes of the brand, the identity I’ve built up over the ten years of my first show’ said Beckham.
Look one saw a defiant Stella Tennant wearing a masculine tailored jacket, lace décolleté cami, front pleat trouser and gold dance boots. She was one part Bowie, other K.D. Lang however it was far from a musical theme. Having her own work as a reference point led Beckham into a collection she clearly enjoyed designing, with all the quirks that kept her audience on their seats.
“It’s also a collection about choice. It’s about dressing not our woman, but our women. Reflected in our cast this season, as well as embedded in the clothes”
There was increased interest when the tomato red look ran down the runway; the open back high neck top and matching asymmetric skirt was tied at the waist with a pink cord. A small floral print was introduced mid-show, joined by camel and white stripes, laces, crochets and patchwork. This mélange of textures and prints would usually come across overly eclectic however Beckham carried it off with her usual minimalist charm.
The timelessness of the collection means that it will never go out of fashion, but there was just enough quirk to keep it current. There was the sense that the Beckham woman can go anywhere; school drop off, office, drinks, dinner, black tie. Beckham herself said ‘it’s also a collection about choice. It’s about dressing not our woman, but our women. Reflected in our cast this season, as well as embedded in the clothes’.