Victoria Beckham is in fashion for the long haul.
Each season she subtly yet significantly expands her reach. This in terms of the collection itself, which has gracefully matured from the designer's form fitting, dress-filled, first forays to Sunday’s latest addition. Here the evolution could be spotted in the unexpected brightly colored floral prints, the safari jacket inspired separates and the lean summer coats with peekaboo belts.
But the brand itself is also having a bit of a growth spurt. The designer announced in her show notes that her label will soon open doors on its first retail space in London. And the spring/summer 2014 show was the debut for Beckham’s signature shoe line. A particular crowd favorite being some pointy-toed flower embellished footwear had front row guests whipping out their smart phones to immortalize the occasion -- Beckham does flats!
The collection had a military crispness to it. Pants came with a razor sharp single pleat slicing down the legs, tops were outfitted with three dimensional flap front utilitarian pockets, and even the choice of jute fabric gave the collection a certain sense of rigor. A sensation that was deftly broken up with some knitwear dresses that, although curved closer to the body, still managed to be a bit forgiving.
The mélange of new ideas and more familiar favorites made for a sold show that should attract more than a few costumers into Beckham’s new store.