Being a former Victoria Beckham employ I am inevitably slightly biased when it comes to her work, as well as slightly protective if I read any criticism… I do agree with the press commenting on the Céline references in her collections, but this is unavoidable when the head designer previously worked at Céline.
That being said, from as soon as look 1, VB’s AW17 collection shows a completely outward thinking collection, far from the simplicity of Céline. Almost shockingly brilliant, this collection confirms the brand’s place amongst the most relevant fashion houses of today. Crisp shirts like no other, this collection manages to mix a high-school uniform with independent working woman. They even managed to make long hemlines and baggy boyfriend blazers look sexy!
The colours rest true to the brand identity: refined, well chosen and coordinated. The patterns well thought out: a geometrical pattern in primary colours takes centre stage. And the knitwear, as always, gives us something new to consider for our winter wardrobes. For example, the long knit dress, with a zip all the way down from the over-rolled, exaggerated polo neck, or the cropped polo neck with parachute sleeves.
One pleasant surprise was the use of long, scrunched-up, leather gloves in outfit colour-coordinated hues – a similar style that was used for the long, scrunched up, leather boots.
The simplicity of the models’ hair and make-up lets the clothes speak for themselves, as well as highlighting the allure of natural beauty – something that is unfortunately under used these days.
Another clever aspect of VB’s shows is the model casting and attendees. Never has she used a ‘celebrity’ model or invited anyone other than the press to watch. This shows the ability to remain relevant and professional in an industry that is so media obsessed. Anyway, the Beckham’s are well known enough, do they really need any publicity help?
Big love to the VB fam x
Link to collection: http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/fall-2017-ready-to-wear/victoria-beckham#collection