Saturday 24 March 2018

New York Fashion Week: Victoria Beckham spring/summer 2011

Victoria Beckham's new collection celebrated the womanly physique

Victoria Beckham sat beside the catwalk as designs from her Spring 2011 collection were showcased in New York during Fashion Week.
Victoria Beckham sat beside the catwalk as designs from her Spring 2011 collection were showcased in New York during Fashion Week.

Hilary Alexander

Victoria Beckham's new spring/summer 2011 collection is a celebration of the womanly body.

"It's all about shape and curves," said the designer as she unveiled her latest 26 looks for spring/summer 2011 , at a breakfast presentation, at New York Fashion Week .

"What's alluring for me are the curves of a woman's figure - sensual volume and a defined silhouette that allows for freedom of movement."

Mrs Beckham, who was looking pretty curvaceous herself, in a short "bell-shape" LBD which emphasised her cleavage and waist, and who launched her own fashion brand just two years ago, has just received her first nomination for the best Designer Brand for the British Fashion Awards, in company with the more established British heritage labels, Burberry, Mulberry and Pringle.

Her new collection zeroed-in on voluptuous short dresses in parachute silk, in vivid shades of ultraviolet, mandarin orange, blush and metallics, with high-waists and sinuous seaming to emphasise and flatter the body. Others came in a colour she described as "Cadillac Pink" - "there's a few references to cars, now I'm working for Range Rover," she said.

Many were knotted, sarong-like, to create flowing folds, and Mrs Beckham described how she had experimented with draping three metres of fabric around herself first, to create the desired effect. Others, more fitted, reflected a slight 1960s reference.

A new "bell" shaped dress, in silk gazaar, ribbed jersey and cotton waffle, featured a flirty skirt and fitted bodice with zipped-up, jewelled, "athletic" straps, or deep 'V' necklines, while the only corseted dress in the collection, was strapless, in silk organdy, screen-printed with pale lilac stripes, like fluorescent tubes.

A long, "siren" gown, in silver-to-pewter lame deeply cut-out at the back to reveal spinal cleavage, above a fishtail hem, while two, cap-sleeved ball gowns, one in black, the other - Victoria's favourite - in white, were modest, high-necked and fullskirted with a micro-beaded belt the only decoration.

The collection introduced the new 'Victoria" bag, a square, two-handled tote in fossil-coloured buffalo or matt, waxed crocodile, as well as a big, black "travelling" bag; "one for David - big enough to hold a football," Mrs Beckham said.

The models all wore gleaming pink-gold platform high-heels, specially designed to match the pink-gold Rolex watch David Beckham gave his wife for her 36th birthday.

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