Hang onto your autumn/winter velvets
Today over in New York, one of fashion week’s hottest shows took place: Victoria Beckham’s SS17 show.
Her own more relaxed take on dressing hasn’t gone unnoticed lately (check out Victoria Beckham’s style evolution in full). Stepping out just days before her show in a pair of loose fit jeans, a roomy shirt and wide flat sandals, carrying a slouchy handbag, her new style feels a million miles away from the vertiginous stilettos and form-fitting pencil dress uniform Victoria’s honed as her hallmark style.
This nonchalant approach to dressing has influenced her designs too it seems, and her new look set the tone for her stylish but incredibly comfy-looking collection.
Take a peek inside the Cunard Building in the financial district in New York where Victoria showed one of her most laid-back collections to date…
It was a very relaxed affair
So relaxed, she even left kimono tops unfastened so that the ribbon ties dangled loosely at the sides. It was an evolution from Beckham’s AW16 collection, for which she softened stiff corset into knitted and completely de-boned versions. This time around, silk dresses with bodice-waist shapes were paired with soft pleated skirts to put an even comfier spin on corsetry. VB is a major fan of pajama dressing too, though her softly tailored suits are way too good to sleep in.
It was still very sexy
From corsets to bras, for SS17 she pared the VB look right back to basics. Perhaps she’s been taking style cues from Kendall Jenner, as the underwear-as-outerwear game was strong. The high-shine architectural bra top layered beneath a matching coat has been a very enthusiastically regrammed look.
We’ll still be wearing velvet in summer
Well, if Victoria has anything to say about it we will. Undoubtedly the most popular trend for AW16, VB’s swishy velvet dresses and cut out tops are making this unlikely holiday material one of next summer’s must-haves.
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She’s also made a case for summer boots, with white and marle grey knee-high riding boots becoming the shoe du jour. Next season’s sell-out handbags will be pastel, unstructured sacs with floral details or super-sized shoppers. The small pouch-like one-handled bag (seen here in a minty green) has been christened ‘The Tissue Bag’, while the big shopper (in floral patterns and bold reds at the show) is called ‘The Tank Top Bag’.
The Beckham brood were (mostly) stuck in school
Taking a day off to go see mum’s show seemingly didn’t pass as a reasonable excuse to miss those vital first days back, so Cruz, Romeo and Harper were absent, but did send a sweet hand-written note to cheer mum on, which read: ‘Dear mummy. Good luck with the fashion show, we love you,’ and was signed by Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. The designer Instagrammed the note before the show, with the caption: ‘Feeling loved this morning. I love you @davidbeckham @brooklynbeckham X Kisses from NY.’ 17-year-old Brooklyn did make it, and joined his dad on the front row with his trusty camera in hand.
The Victoria Beckham make up collection with Estee Lauder launches in stores in two day’s time, and as expected the models wore products from the line. The legendary make up artist Pat McGrath was behind the graphic blue eyeliner and matte nude lip, while hair guru Guido Palau took care of the super-straight, mirror-shine, slicked-back hair.
Victoria’s final bow outfit is exactly how women want to dress nowadays
VB looked cool and relaxed but smartly put together, and her new collection absolutely nails that look too.