Victoria Beckham shows ‘focused’ line in New York
Published 12/09/2011 | 14:36
Victoria Beckham’s Spring/Summer 12 collection is "more focused" due to the arrival of her daughter.
The fashion designer gave birth to her fourth child, girl Harper Seven, in July. She showed her latest line at New York Fashion Week yesterday and admitted the pregnancy had affected it.
Victoria’s team work in London while she’s based in Los Angeles, so she couldn’t visit them as much as normal while pregnant. She also had to factor in breast feeding and workouts to get back into shape, all of which shaped what she came up with.
“It made us very focused, and that influenced the collection,” she explained.
Previously the star has showed her collections in small rooms and spoken to industry professionals herself.
This time round she chose a bigger presentation, which wasn’t without its difficulties. She showcased on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. Guests were asked to arrive early so silences at 9.59am and 10.03am could be respected.
Since launching her first range of high-end dresses, Victoria has been renowned for her eveningwear. While that was still there, she’s also branched into more casual attire with her new collection.
Some pieces have a sports feel, with huge parkas, baggy items and utility detailing all featured. Key colours were navy teamed with orange, which again gave the collection a sporty vibe.
There were stretch fabrics, flat shoes and exposed zips which implied Victoria has been influenced by the relaxed style of California where she now lives.
Shift dresses were cut from cream and white cloth with almost racer-type necklines, while cocoon-type coats in muted chocolate and nude tones looked fantastic paired with tight mini-skirts.
One highlight was a navy coat dress which fell to the knee and featured black piping, while Victoria’s bags were also a hit. She only recently introduced them to the collection and this time round decided to make them “squished up, to make it practical and looser”.
Sport also seemed to be the inspiration for Alexander Wang’s collection. While zip-up tops and leggings were undoubtedly high-fashion, the palette of white, yellow and black and geometric prints gave pieces a relaxed vibe.
One of the best looks from the runway was a purple and black utility shift with low-slung pockets, teamed with a red bag. Bustiers were teamed with floral print leggings and jumpers have clashing chevron prints which at times seemed a little too busy.
The main hit of the show was Alexander’s three-year-old niece though. She sat proudly front row in a head-to-toe bespoke Wang outfit, including leather skirt and Mary Janes.
Also previewing this weekend was Diane von Furstenberg, who boasted fellow designers Valentino and Oscar de la Renta in her front row. The collection was called Beginning and boasted flowing tops and sequinned showstoppers. Also in attendance were Rachel Zoe, Selita Banks and Joe Zee.
Jason Wu, Derek Lam and Tommy Hilfiger also showed over the weekend, with presentations from Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson happening today.