Saturday 14 December 2019

Mission accomplished for Victoria as David and Brooklyn lend support

By Luke Leitch

Every season, Victoria Beckham runs her New York show with military precision.

Is David in the front row next to Anna Wintour? Check. And Brooklyn beside him? Absolutely.

Are the clothes chic, easy to like, and crying out for the observation that this formerly gauche, platform-wearing Spice Girl is now producing clothes of impressive sophistication?

When these manoeuvres are complete, it's mission accomplished. Her latest show again achieved all that, partially by taking military clothing as its inspiration.

A white webbing belt with a burgundy buckle cut through the high waist of a deep-pocketed cream shirt coat worn over a long cream dress. Two full uniforms, one white, the other burgundy, saw epauletted tunics teamed with pleated wool trousers.

Camouflage

Other pieces included raffia skirts and jacket-trouser combinations in material resembling floral camouflage.

What this collection lacked, however, was enough ooh-la-la. It was so resolutely grown up and tasteful.

Given that Beckham has shown in the past she can make some seriously sexy attire, it was a shame she didn't leave room for some more in this collection. Every wardrobe arsenal requires a jaw-dropper or two.

Still, a new collection, a debut in shoes and, later this month, the opening of her first shop, which will be on Dover Street in London.

So will she be haunting the shop floor like Harry Gordon Selfridge used to his?

"Oh, absolutely," said Victoria. "I've got great staff working at the shop and I love retail. Maybe I'll work behind the till - who knows? David can be on the door and Brooklyn will be a Saturday boy."

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