Victoria Beckham presented a typically monochrome, with pops of hot pink and burgundy, collection during Sunday’s round of shows at New York Fashion Week.
For spring/summer 14, Victoria has taken her signature simple lines with a sporty edge and given them an injection of fun and flirtation. Shapes lie at the heart of this collection’s concept for next season. Triangle cut outs on dresses and a grid of triangles creating a linear pattern on shirts and dresses are contrasted against curvy peplum hems and pleated under skirts that peep out from the sweeping slant of mini-skirts hems. This, says Victoria, was all about creating “a feeling of balance” across the collection. Hemlines were high and belts with simple rectangular clasps added to the simple, boxy outlines rather than pulling in the waistline.
Box clutches and rigid grab bags featuring the triangle pattern were carried under the arm, as Mrs Beckham herself is often spotted doing. White and black, open-back wedge heels were pointed and dainty, completing the perfect office look, whilst flat, open toe fabric sandals that cuffed the ankle provided a more relaxed look.
The brilliant white and hot pink styles capture the energy of high summer; but for the turbulent weather we’re likely to experience in the UK the more subdued palette of black, dove grey and maroon provide easy to mix and match options too.
Paired with sleek, scraped back ponytails by Guido Palau, Creative Consultant at Redken, and dewy nude makeup, created by legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath, there was a youthful, almost school girl, charm to it. However, oversized waistcoats and sheer panelling on shirts added a grown up edge to keep the collection sophisticated.
It’s another collection of what Victoria Beckham does best, creating clothing for her personal dream wardrobe, but for SS14 she’s moved on from the demure and ultra-serious with a girly spin on her chic look that feels like a fresh turn for the designer and a stylish summer of fun for her fans.
Words | Olivia Pinnock