Big spots, chunky stripes and woolen headgear that could have come directly from husband David’s head; the Victoria Victoria Beckham collection for AW13 took its cue from the bold, structural, assertive shapes of her mainline label. This capsule was tailored, teaming shirts with everything from shifts to pleated kilt skirts and hinting at androgyny in places, seeing off much of the girly aesthetic from past seasons and embracing instead sleeker, sharper lines and silhouettes.
Waists were dropped or cinched, at times courtesy of more than one belt, shifts and blouson tees were emblazoned with graphic pop-style print and jeans edged their way into a layered ensemble of black shift, long sleeves and knee high boots. As per the show notes, the overall tone was utilitarian chic, as Beckham tapped in to a woman’s desire for no frills dressing with a polished outcome. Sending the VVB woman down the runway extolling the virtues of effortless styling, Beckham said of the new season line: “I’m really excited about this collection, it’s effortlessly cool and easy and we’ve developed a lot of textures, it looks like there’s a lot of layers,” she told Vogue backstage afterwards, revealing that those layers were in fact not layers of separates at all but one-piece numbers. “The idea is that you don’t have to think about it. It looks like two pieces – jumpers and skirts – but it’s just one piece and you can just zip yourself up and off you go.”
Working with a palette of neutrals to complete the ‘slip on and go’ mentality of the new season VVB wardrobe, my favourite ensemble I must admit was one that echoed of a collared blouse and pleated mini worn by Alicia Silverstone’s character in Clueless (1995). In fact, that shirted plus stylish mini look that carried through the designer’s collection could have come directly from Cher’s computer-powered closet… here’s to the Nineties!