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Victoria Beckham introduces ‘freer’ Fashion Week collection


Dresses from the new Victoria Beckham collection. Photos: Getty Images

Dresses from the new Victoria Beckham collection. Photos: Getty Images

Dresses from the new Victoria Beckham collection. Photos: Getty Images

Victoria Beckham showed off her new collection at New York Fashion Week yesterday, and joked that hardly any of it fits her now she is pregnant.

The singer-turned-designer has stunned critics with her fashion-forward designs since she showcased her debut collection of high-end womenswear in 2008. Yesterday’s line did not disappoint, and showed the 36-year-old is evolving as a designer – it included her first foray into shoes, a collaboration with Christian Louboutin.

Victoria Beckham autumn/winter 2011 collection

Victoria once again decided to showcase her new collection in an intimate venue, picking a town house on the upper East Side which has previously been featured in Sex and the City. She personally introduced the 29 Autumn/Winter 11 looks, and found time for a joke at the beginning of the show.

“I'm miked-up, but I'm not going to sing, so it's all good,” she deadpanned.

The star is around four-and-a-half-months pregnant with her fourth child with soccer star husband David Beckham, and chose to wear a loose-fitting cashmere sack dress for the event. It hid her small baby bump, with Victoria – who has three sons - joking there was a certain reason she picked the item.

“This is the only thing in the new collection that fits me. When I started designing the collection I didn't know I was pregnant,” she explained. “I don't know whether it's a boy or a girl. I knew with the three boys, but this time I wanted it to be a surprise. If it's a boy, the boys will be thrilled to have a little brother and if it's a girl, it will be just as wonderful.”

The designer is famed for creating tight-fitting yet flattering eveningwear for women, but this season she has done something different. She explained she now feels confident enough with her expertise to try branching out, so has come up with pieces which “give women the freedom to be more comfortable”.

Among the items were trapeze dresses and loose-fitting tunics alongside structures coats, all coming in bright saffrons, berry reds and azure blue.

A cocoon-fit dress was made from snakeskin fabric to give it a more glamorous feel, while some tight-fitting below-the-knee dresses had visible zips all the way up the back.

Evening gowns weren’t entirely forgotten, and included a maroon number with long sleeves and a floor-length pleated skirt. A snakeskin long robe had a loose, halter-neck top dropping into a fitted bodice, while a blue dress had a bolero over the top which shimmered in the light.

Daywear came in a variety of draped taupe creations, paired with tight knee-length skirts and high boots.

It’s a collection which has cemented Victoria among the fashion elite, and during which she revealed Kate Middleton, who is set to marry Britain’s Prince William in April, is a fan. The royal-to-be has asked to see some of the star’s designs, leaving her thrilled.

“It's tremendously exciting and I would be honoured if she were to wear my designs. I admire her tremendously. She's a beautiful young girl, she has a wonderful figure and I think she wears clothes beautifully,” she said.

Diane von Furstenberg also showed yesterday, debuting a collection called American Legend. Country style seemed to be a source of inspiration, with tassles, fringing and boleros all featuring heavily.

The star shunned her usual bold prints for more muted creations, opting for colour-blocking for a modern feel. Her signature wrapdress also made its way down the runway, accessorised with funky sunglasses and bracelets. Sexiness was also key, with skirts coming down the runway with slits so high they barely protected models’ modesty.

Other designers who showed over the weekend included Jill Stuart, Charlotte Ronson, Derek Lam and Calvin Klein. Jenny Packham, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan and Betsey Johnson will all hit the catwalk today.

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