For A/W 2013-14 Victoria Beckham's woman is going through a seriously grown up phase. Reflecting the designer's own growing confidence and maturity, this was a collection with chops.
Aside from knowing how to make a damn good dress, Beckham has become a master of balancing directional and slightly tricky design concepts with wearability and allure. Take this season's midi length, oversized coats- the best of which was made from a combination of traditional plaid and cobalt blue hide. With their imposing shoulders and bold volumes they could have easily read too fashion-y. But as the queen of trend translation, Beckham always keeps her shapes flattering, never straying into sack territory.
The balance of ying (fashion forwardness) and yang (sex appeal) is a tightrope walked well here. Midi length kilt skirts in various colourways were slashed to the thigh to show some skin, while tux coats and jackets were tailored to reveal a deep décolletage.
The palette was resolutely sophisticated: black, navy, mink and chocolate with highlights of taxi cab yellow and cobalt. Also sophisticated was Beckham's disciplined approach to the collection's story. Where other New York designers today have presented an incoherent hotchpotch of ideas, Beckham stayed true to a well thought out concept.
The silhouette remained consistent - dropped waists through to a midi length or mini, or true waisted separates layered over midi kilts. Tuxedo dresses and jackets were explored in several looks and accessories. Sexy ankle boots by Manolo Blahnik and signature carry-alls by the lady herself finished the head to toe minimalism with polish.
Without a doubt this collection proved that Beckham is not just your go-to dress woman. Come September, you'll certainly be looking to her for your coats, skirts and sweaters too.