All Hail Queen Victoria (Beckham)

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Strategic slits exposing slivers of skin, black accenting cuffs and necklines and armoured silhouettes that were at times structured and others slouchy; Victoria Beckham unveiled an AW13 collection that built on the signature shapes we have come to expect from the designer.

Proving that you can take the girl out of Britain but you can’t take the British out of the girl, Beckham wove heritage fabrics of tweed, plaid and herringbone alongside knits into figure-contouring dresses, panel-layered sheaths and coats and bombers whose shoulders were rounded with exaggerated curvature. Though volume, even in such mediated doses, was restrained as is typical of Beckham’s style compensated by loud dashes of colour in vivid cobalt and canary yellow covering sharp linear ensembles.

Tuxedo capes featured those slits, which also worked their way far shy of indecent on sexy midi pencil skirts with a lengthy zip in back and sheath blouses tucked in at the waist. Gilet wrap-around coats precluded a series of pieces that evoked a mix of origami and Japanese warrior with sculpted shapes and block coloured contrasts. Then there was the feeling that perhaps former bandmate Sporty Spice had played an inspirational role as sporty, slouchy shapes in techno gloss variations on those heritage fabrics were paired with pleats and square cuts, while big bags were carried underarm in a look that was both relaxed and sophisticated, and entirely Victoria Beckham.

Textured and full of VB trademarks, it was a collection representative of Beckham’s personal aesthetic as every look that passed along the runway offered some view of the designer’s style history, while husband David looked on from the front row alongside another of the world’s most powerful women, Anna Wintour.

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