Victoria Beckham is getting good at surprising us. When you think you’ve got her down she manages to come up with something new to make you take notice – but then maybe that’s only to be expected from a woman who has so seamlessly segued from pop star to fashion mogul.
This season’s collection was a world away from the ‘sucky sucky’ signature dresses which she build her brand upon (although as she mentioned backstage those dresses still do a hefty business in her selling collection), showing how far the VB brand has evolved in terms of technical complexity. “There’s a lot more design detail this season and also we're really focusing on evening,” Victoria explained.
This meant robust woven outerwear in monochrome with red highlights, intarsia and cut out detailing echoing graphic prints and a slew of red carpet-ready gowns complete with pleats and ruffles. While this isn’t the first time Victoria has approached androgyny, it was surely the most convincing outing to date with low slung pleated skirts over trousers and long line sweaters and tunics layered over midi skirts then finished with flats. “I like the mix of androgyny and femininity. What I really love is the long feminine skirts with the more masculine trouser underneath. I think that looks really, really cool,” she said.
Victoria Beckham Autumn Winter 2014 [Getty]
Cool also was the play on tuxedo dressing, with sleeveless jackets exposed from the rear to reveal acres of back. Whether teamed with wide trousers or integrated into a stunning glacial dress, the look was both hip and seriously expensive. The luxury ante was certainly upped for A/W 2014 with beautiful cashmere, heavy gold chain detailing and finest grade wools bringing even more sheen to Victoria’s catwalk. “This collection feels very luxurious – I love the gold chains and the wool makes the dresses look so luxurious and powerful in a very feminine way. But then it’s all about turning it on it's head a little -it still feels modern and it still has edge, but it’s definitely elegant at the same time.”
So what can we expect from VB next especially with her first London store poised to open on Dover Street? “I think each season the more people understand me and my brand the more I can push the fashion message a little bit. And I enjoy doing that you know - I’ve got so many more ideas about the things I want to do.” As the lady herself would say, watch this space fashion bunnies.