– By Sarah-Leigh Wade –
Showing a cool, confident collection for her ‘Victoria’ line this week during New York Fashion Week, Victoria Beckham had called upon beatnik androgyny for inspiration. With a more mature feel and like her main line shown earlier this week, great British sartorial tradition also played a part in proceedings.
This season Victoria’s girl is an art adoring intellectual who know what she wants in life and who’s effortless style inspired a collection of sensible shirts, tunics and crisp tailoring. Similar shapes appeared as earlier in the week, influenced by menswear, while all-in-ones in the autumnal palette oozed chic-yet-easy versatility.
Though exquisitely cut tailoring and buttoned-up shirts evoked razor-sharp androgyny, 1960s infused cinched waists and figure skimming silhouettes reminded us that Victoria Beckham is a designer all about accentuating the female form. Long-line sleeveless tuxedos and sophisticated tonal ensembles kept up the formalities, while a more casual take was seen in layering options – long sleeves under short sleeve dresses – and with the combination of oversized knitted beanie hats.
Hemlines were mostly short, only pausing to make way for sleek knee-length dresses and skirts. Prints were few and far between, arty forms making way for texture, seen in silk panels and edging or matte spots and stripes.
The collection finished with black on black, with smatterings of sequins and subtle sheen. Effortless flexibility in outfit options remained key to this collection, as did Victoria Beckham’s dedication to providing chic and unexpected yet utterly wearable clothing.
Based just outside London, Sarah-Leigh Wade is an editor and brand consultant working with trend forecasting organisations and international retailers, specialising in digital media. Sarah-Leigh launched her popular eponymous blog Sarah-LeighsStyleFiles.com in 2009 and is an advocate of emerging talent, vintage fashion and the arts. You can follow her on Twitter @SarahLeighW
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