Victoria Beckham Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2014 New York

The entire Beckham clan was out in force on Sunday morning for matriarch Victoria Beckham’s latest runway collection. And as chance would have it they got to see one of the designer’s most mature collections to date.

For a few seasons now Beckham has slowly moved away from the second skin looks that launched her line not so many years ago. That shift really crystallized in this fall/winter 2014 lineup. 

There was still Beckham’s familiar long and lean silhouette in monochrome shades of black and white with a bit of vibrant red thrown into the mix. But it was just much more forgiving then ever before. The scooped out backs on wrap front dresses, skirts bursting with wide pleats and cozy oversized sweaters the designer sent down the runway acted like crisp and clean winter zephyrs whipping though fashion.

If there was a whiff of Dries Van Noten in the ruffle hems adorning tops or dresses and a tinge of Celine in the insertion of vibrantly colored abstract swirls on a pullover top or skirt the homage didn’t look derivative. Instead Beckham made them her own, adding movement with pleats or crafting her undulating fabrics in semi shear organza. And the thought to add a single string of gold chain link as an abbreviated embellishment to the hip of a skirt, the neck of a dress or at the natural waist of a top to draw the eye, was astute and oh so chic.

This was a minimal and modern show. But Beckham never made it feel clinical or sterile. Instead her choice to bring volume and movement into her designs transformed the clothing into pieces that were both approachable and urbane.