Last week Victoria Beckham hit the headlines as she became the latest in a lengthy list of designers to stop using exotic skins among her collections – the first of which to take up this new policy was today’s Autumn/Winter 2019 showing in London.
Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2019 show in London. Photo by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.
Her personal show notes described the importance of what women want today, the collection she said drawing on signature silhouettes – fitted but breezy – and lots of colour (bright bright red, green, yellow, lilac) and pattern (chain links and sequin splashes, contrast fabrics), coupled with hints of the Seventies, though these were harder to spot, aside from the knits and neckerchief details.
But perhaps what was most interesting in the collection – which arguably was a total VB wardrobe in the sense that you could see her wearing each and every look – was the chain-belt details. Most successful was when they were swivelled around on skirts and on jackets where you’d expect them to be at the base of the back; less successful was when they worked as restraining mechanism, a styling trick, worn across the shoulders in a slash-neck fashion.
Victoria Beckham Fall/Winter 2019 show in London. Photos by Gio Staiano for NOWFASHION.
Beckham described it as being the “modern feminine alphabet,” one that in her hands is consistent: separates, statement-wearable coats, polished. This wasn’t a gearshift to something especially new, and it won’t be the most groundbreaking of shows in London this week. But that’s kind of the point. Who’s to say it needs to be? Just look at Gabriela Hearst, in many ways the US equivalent to VB, who landed a minority investment from LVMH. Playing it safe can reap great reward.