With a family seated in the front row, in full support mode, Victoria Beckham’s collection debuted at London Fashion Week and – much to our surprise – the bevy of ensembles involved a subtle touch of new with the hints of detail that make the brand great. In addition to her stellar inclusion of the unusual, Beckham took her business model to new heights with the launch of her YouTube channel with a livestream of the show being her first order of business for the media platform.
As the crowd watched with eyes glued to the screens at Piccadilly Circus (one of the areas at which the show was livestreamed), the A/W 2019 collection, formally debuted at the Tate Britain Museum, consisted of 41 pieces that were carefully balanced in proportion as she played with the concept of fit and layering. Delicate silk blouses decorated in a chain print were paired with chunky knits or otherwise tailored bottoms that had us thinking about the bizarre and rather refreshing combination of it all.
Other print variations included houndstooth and stitch-detailed plaid, the ’70s retro flux theme was strongly carried through in a mix of washed and bright hues like lilac, teal and fire-engine red, to name a few.
Still, with much variation up for observation, we still found that Victoria’s modernistic “femininity” laid the foundation from the very first look. We still saw the prominent accustomed notes of tailoring in two-piece suits, but a sense of lived-in glamour presented itself in slip dresses, shift dresses and low-maintenance blouses. Borrowing from the old, we have a new-found love for midi lengths and baggy straight cut trousers that have us pulling up our socks this fashion month.
Following the era versus contemporary mashup, leather peep toes sock boots peaked out in bold cobalt, nude, black and leopard and courts making a feature in neon shades. We think that Victoria nailed the beauty look for this collection in a classic low ponytail (a continued trend from NYFW) and a fresh dewy face with little to no colour. She simply let the clothing stand out unapologetically and made the right call in having a look that did not distract from the collection itself.
What’s next for the fashion house? We will have to wait and see because Victoria has made her mark in the fashion game as she gears up to cater to all that is the digital age. While we wait in anticipation for her next move let us ask this… can we perhaps order that red dress and trench for our South African winter season? Please and thank you!