On a chilly and overcast Sunday morning, Victoria Beckham unveiled her latest exquisite collection of dresses in the sedate surroundings of an uptown Manhattan salon before an intimate gathering of editors.
It was such a serene and sophisticated way to start the day before the hustle and bustle of the Lincoln Center show tents, and despite the gloomy weather, the mood inside was warm and welcoming as Victoria took the time to greet everyone individually as they took their seats. I couldn't help but wish that all fashion presentations could be like this.
There were, of course, a selection of classic VB form fitting jersey and crepe shift dresses in the mix. But we were also introduced to a number of gorgeous new shapes, silhouettes and fabrications.
Soft, fluid draping for day and evening came in vibrant, neutral and black parachute silks; bell and trumpet shaped cocktail and red carpet gowns were fashioned out of a more structured cotton waffle or an iridescent jacquard in shades of Opal and Carbon; whilst a tunic and a backless floorlength gown shimmered in a silvery teal georgette.
The opportunity was also seized to introduce us to her new range of bags and eyewear which were used sparingly throughout to accessorize the tightly edited collection. Economically shaped - and no doubt, astronomically priced - totes and travel bags in neutral hues of crocodile, buffalo and calf skin are sure to become some of the must-haves of the season.
And every look was completed with a pair of towering metallic rose gold stilettos specially designed by Brian Atwood and apparently inspired by Victoria's "favourite new Rolex".
Ok, Mrs. Beckham isn't exactly reinventing the wheel here. But these dresses really are beautifully crafted and designed with a real passion for simplicity and sophistication...
And who needs to reinvent the wheel anyway, when it is already a perfect fusion of form and function?
This collection truly was just that.
- Andrew Holden in New York