Victoria, Victoria Beckham
By Lizzy Bowring

PARED-DOWN PRETTY New York: Victoria Beckham presented a shift in the Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection. The style was no longer overtly feminine but rather …

Feb 12, 2013
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PARED-DOWN PRETTY
New York: Victoria Beckham presented a shift in the Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection. The style was no longer overtly feminine but rather had a new androgynous feel, a stripped-back approach with a 60s nod. Elements of masculine tailoring were combined with sequined garments layered under lasercut mesh. It was the use of inventive fabrics such as a treated wool named “tech poodle” and compact jersey that intensified the experimental mood, while bonded fabrics gave pieces an urban protection look. The overall effect was demure despite the short minis. Long-sleeved jerseys were layered underneath little shifts; others were styled with white slimmed-down menswear shirts.  The show notes quoted Beckham; “I feel like the Victoria, Victoria Beckham girl this season is an engaged intellectual with a sense of humour. She can wear anything with aplomb yet she chooses the simplicity of a dress. She marches rather than walks, she drinks expresso, and she devours books, art and film – and she is subversively sexy without trying.” This collection was a step in that direction. —Celia Ingesson

Silhouette: 60s / Lean / Low-waist / Boxy

Color: Navy / Berry / Grey / Copper / Black / White

Key Items: Sleeveless blazer / Color-blocked shifts / Knitted sweatshirts with elbow patches / Grey mélange dress with metallic zip all the way up back

Materials: Leather / Treated wool / Wool / Cotton poplin / Compact jersey

Print + Pattern:  Color and fabric-blocking / Graphic prints

Details + Trim: Metallic zip detailing in the back or side seams / Matte and shiny use of fabrics

Accessories + Footwear:  Gutsy knit beanies / High boots with straight high heel / Sharp pumps

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