I started our national day of love with the highest of highs: An exclusive video chat with Victoria Beckham about her second store…in HONG KONG! But first, despite below-freezing temperatures, I slipped into my newest VB acquisition, a short-sleeved dress in sunny yellow (thinking warm thoughts) and skipped off to the shows.
As always, Ms. Beckham treated her guests with her favorite scented candles and hot mint tea. All that was missing from the inviting equation were scones with a spot of fresh cream (hint, hint). But let’s not get carried away; we weren’t there to attend a buffet. Although, ironically, a buffet we got. She treated us to the most gorgeous smorgasbord of clothes, bags, and shoes, and you couldn’t help but want to indulge wholeheartedly. What I found most remarkable, aside from my sudden cravings, is how different the Fall ’16 collection is from the last, revealing the designer’s seemingly boundless range and growth. Victoria herself described the collection, showcasing intriguing details for days, raw edges (both literally and figuratively), and most of all, an evolved sense of her ever-present sophisticated ease, as a “continuing evolution” of her “personal style and design ethos.” When Victoria makes it her mission to redefine unwavering wardrobe staples, we follow suit.
She’s proving once again she’s a girl after my own heart. Enter the return of the bustier! Moreover, the bustier for daytime. But these aren’t your lacy numbers out of the lingerie drawer. Victoria took the notion of her own first corset dresses, complete with soft boning, and reworked them with more masculine elements and directional ease. Finely knitted and paired with high-waisted trousers and texture-heavy wrap skirts, they signify quite a departure from her bread-and-butter form-fitting dresses (that I buy and collect every single season!). They are also the ideal complement to the collection’s sumptuous coats in Prince of Whales checks and slouchy, foldable fur clutches. Waxed-thread stitching comes undone for a sense of effortless chic, and strategic bodice cutouts make for slivers of seduction.
Thanks to bubble skirts (let’s just pause for a moment to consider how difficult it is to make a bubble skirt desirable, much less flattering – and the fact Victoria has managed to do both) and lots of layered, form-hugging ribbed knits (expect to see a lot of those this season), the hourglass shape takes the spotlight in this collection. But not in the way you would necessarily imagine. There’s a definite menswear influence here, from the houndstooth prints to the hand-made elements, like those intentionally unfinished hems, creating traces of nonchalant fringe. Buckled and sharply-pointed flat shoes and slick, speedy ponytails finished off the looks. Feminine as ever with a boyish sense of play: It’s a juxtaposition few can master, but this season introduces us to a Victoria Beckham who is more relaxed and confident than ever – with a collection to match.
On the heel of her Autumn/Winter show, I chatted with Victoria about the exciting announcement earlier that morning. Her first store in Asia, and her second worldwide, is slated to open in Hong Kong in partnership with Joyce boutique! It’s a 2,002 square foot space in the famed Landmark shopping mall on the second floor (I’m mapping it out for you to make things easier when you head over come March!). Victoria herself will be on hand to meet, as she says, the stylish and sophisticated women of Asia. So make sure you stop by the boutique and say hello on March 18th!