By Kate Duggan
Photos: Style.com, harperbeckhamfashion.blogspot.com
Since launching her fashion line to a hand-picked crowd in New York in 2008, Victoria Beckham has succeeded in launching herself in the world of design, holding her own amongst renowned worldwide designers. Long gone are her dodgy Spice Girls days of hair extensions, cheesy music, and the questionable outfits to match. Beckham has recreated herself as an international designer and has celebrities across the globe pining for her designs. This season’s show at New York Fashion Week was no exception, with none other than Anna Wintour as a VIP onlooker.
Beckham’s ready-to-wear collection proved to be something of a new creation for the British designer in that the collection appeared to represent customer’s taste more than that of the designer herself. The show featured no stilettos but instead Manolo Blahnik flat sandals, an unsusual choice for the well-known avid heels fan. It was a bold move that shows she is not afraid to move out of her comfort zone to listen to the needs and demands of her clients.
Throughout the show rest of the show however, there were no real surprises. The SS13 collection consisted of color blocked dresses in rather neutral colors (black, white with the occasional welcomed burst of burnt orange) and minimal accessories. Her designs stayed within her minimal and structured theme, yet each outfit oozes a sense of strong femininity and power.
In terms of cuts and styles, we saw a lot of opened collared shirts with the occasional blazer to pull the look together. A-line dresses with minimal accessories were greatly represented in this 26-piece collection. However, we also saw the introduction of trouser suits, again moving away from Victoria’s own wardrobe choice.
Beckham’s second range Victoria, Victoria Beckham showcased many affordable dresses for a younger client who desires prints and patterns on structured pieces to convey her girly side, yet enhance her natural body shape.
Overall I think Ms. Beckham will be pleased with her success at New York Fashion Week and it will be interesting to monitor her sales in both lines throughout the upcoming season. On a final note however, lets also comment on her 14-month-old daughter, Harper, who was seated in the front row of the show and has never been papped looking less than stylish. It has us wondering, is children’s fashion where VB will go next? Or is her adorable daughter the one we should be keeping an eye on?