Victoria Beckham Ready To Wear Spring Summer 2016 New York
To use as a metaphor the central plot point of the iconic surf film “The Endless Summer,” designer Victoria Beckham's career is currently riding high on one long perfect wave. Season after season she continues to push herself creatively without ever alienating fans of her fundamental design codes of sporty sophistication.
This time it was her clever use of outsized gingham checks in oddly appealing combos of russet reds and forest greens that opened the show which first had her audience sit up and take notice. But it was the arrival of prints created from vintage 60s surf images and chicafied retro Hawaiian florals that really gave this collection its fresh new direction.
Those graphic prints might have been the most obvious change in Beckham's sartorial oeuvre but the designer also pushed herself in terms of proportions as well. Gone were the body con dresses of old, save for one white knit number. And in their stead came cropped wide cut pants, roomy suede tops, faux separates that saw leather camisoles ending into flowing elastic waistband skirts, and wrinkled (an early trend this season) easy slip dresses that had a homage to the 90s vibe about them.
But it was those surf motif pieces that lingered in the mind long after the show ended. As did the oversized half-moon handbags. Count on both of those concepts filling quite a few editorial pages, and fashion lovers’ closets, next season.