Victoria Beckham’s trench warfare

22 January 2010

It’s official, people: Victoria Beckham has single-handedly become the biggest supporter of the trench coat. Since topping almost every outfit with a double-breasted number, VB has taken her airport attire to new heights and turned runways into catwalks while the rest of us stick to a comfy tee and joggers combo. Not convinced? Just look at this little corker which she rocked yesterday when catching a flight from London to Milan:

With bright orange buttons, neon cuffs and contrasting black lining, the Loewe S/S 10 design is a fresh incarnation of the iconic raincoat that got us thinking about how Victoria has turned the staple wardrobe item into her signature piece. Worn in a variety of ways but always tightly belted and teamed with towering stilettos, VB knows how to work the crème de la crème of outerwear in her true sleek style. And thus, Posh Spice has perfected the art of the trench. Here’s how she's done it…

First up, the gangster get-up. VB brought the drama to the streets of Paris when she arrived in this leather trench teamed with YSL Trib Two heels, resulting in comparisons to everyone from Sherlock Holmes to Trinity from The Matrix. In fact, it seriously got us wondering whether she’s actually some kind of top-secret spy who travels the world undercover to solve crimes of fashion (she is always inspecting the floor in these shots, making us think she must be looking for foot prints). Whatever your opinion, it's hard not to admire her gumption for pulling off this distinctive wide-brimmed fedora by Loewe and the European setting means she gets away with it. Just.

Sergeant Vicky B, reporting for duty. Here we have another rather bizarre choice courtesy of a Marc Jacobs military-inspired suede style for a stop-over in California. Although there’s no denying that teaming the trench with a peaked cap, ultra-feminine Valentino bag and matching grey heels is a terribly luxurious concept, the combination is a tad overkill and verges on soldier territory. As long as she wasn’t planning on actually piloting the plane, this look deserves a hesitant but encouraging thumbs up.

OK, so she’s not strictly at an airport in this one but considering Burberry Prorsum is the most famous purveyor of classic trench dressing, it’s inevitable that Mrs Becks has turned to the British design house to channel her outerwear obsession. While out and about in Paris with BFF Marc Jacobs, Victoria couldn’t miss the chance to get her chic on with this design direct from the S/S ’10 catwalk where she bagged herself a front row spot. How marvellous to see her working such a sassy version of the classic topper complete with flattering ruched detailing, especially when teamed with those pretty Alaia heels.

By now, it’s pretty obvious that Mrs B prefers clean lines and a neutral palette to ensure she brings a glamorous aura to her winter warmers and this next look is no exception. For our Vic’s arrival on British soil, the fashion guru chose a sleek and slender silhouette, proving yet again that nothing helps you bring the chic more than a terrific trench coat worn with oversized sunnies.

Still rocking the detective look, Mrs B donned this khaki coloured number with gold buttons for one of her many jaunts from London to LA. Proving that a trench is more than just a coat, this could pass for a belted dress, especially with so much leg on display, but when styled up with a black trilby, matching Hermès bag and Louboutin ankle boots, it’s ideal daywear – especially if you’re Inspector Gadget's little sister.

And for our finale, we have a very ladylike look à la Audrey Hepburn. This cape-like interpretation by Comme des Garcons certainly helps us to believe that little ditty of her as Superwoman in which she throws on a tracksuit as soon as she’s boarded a plane (which somewhat explains those enormous bags). We’re loving how she manages to flash some leg here too, personalising a sophisticated version of the thigh-high slit trend. Which leads us to our final question concerning Mrs B's trademark trenches: does she wear anything underneath her outerwear? It’s time to discuss below…

- Jessica Vince


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