#SuzyNYFW Victoria Beckham: Delicacy Can Mean Strength
It is a given that any women designer tends to look into her soul to fill her own closet. History has proved that fashion thrives on it.
So the grown-up collection that Victoria Beckham sent out was a reflection of herself, with streamlined outfits, but light fabrics, sweet colours and sparkly shoes like sprinkling a touch of fairy dust on a demanding world.
“I feel that this is a very honest collection – it shows the many colours of femininity and proves that delicacy can mean strength,” said the designer, “I think the colour palette speaks for itself: Play-Doh and sorbet colours, but it’s not too sweet and sickly. It’s something that’s very true and honest to me and the brand.”
The designer was referring to a streamlined collection with mild touches of playfulness, as in the check pattern that reminded her of graph paper from math lessons in childhood; or the glittering shoes that she has promised to downsize for her six-year-old daughter.
As ever, Beckham family members were at the show to support her: husband David, who is showing his menswear range for British label Kent & Curwen in New York. Son Brooklyn was wearing a top of his father’s design, as he follows one of the current family routes: fashion and photography studies at New York’s Parsons School of Design.
So, what did Victoria bring to the new collection? It was a reflection of her subtly changing self that leans towards slightly longer hemlines, pretty colours and a vision of a woman who has left girlhood behind.
But that does not mean a dull middle aged wardrobe. Not at all! The designer focused on lightness in fabric and in colours like turquoise, brick pink, rose and lilac. The styles were a blend of casual and formal, with blouses tucked into skirts or worn wider and hanging loose. Add a few fluttery ruffles and a watery moiré pattern on a satin skirt and this was a spring/summer 2018 collection of Beckham light.
Was there any major decision about a new look – such as a vote for dresses over separates?
“I want to wear both to be completely honest,” said Victoria. “There is a real lightness in this collection, so taking moiré, this jacket and shirt is tucked into a skirt. Everything you see is very light, lots of layering. It’s for summer.”