This is only the second time Victoria Beckham has shown at London Fashion Week, but she embraced it, using the iconic airy space of Tate Britain to present her AW19 collection.
If you weren’t lucky enough to be personally invited to the show, you could still catch every moment – the whole event was streamed on the brand’s new YouTube channel. The collection was also beamed via screens at Piccadilly Circus.
Fashion heavy hitters, including Anna Wintour and Eva Chen were in attendance, as well as David and the whole Beckham clan.
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For Autumn Winter 2019 I have been thinking about what women want, about modern femininity and about how to curate those ideas into a collection for today. Our woman tells a story through each of the looks. She embraces our signature silhouettes, clothes that are wearable but still have the ability to let us dream. There’s almost a cinematic mood, an elevation, a character embedded within a narrative. She’s proper but she’s definitely not prim. You can feel a sense of her life through the clothes that she wears. Watch my #VBAW19 show live at 10AM GMT on my @youtube channel and the Piccadilly Lights in London. x VB #LFW
Rays of light flooded the main hall of Tate Britain as models gracefully walked the runway.
So what of the show? Beforehand, Beckham posted on Instagram: “I have been thinking about what women want, about modern femininity and about how to curate those ideas into a collection for today.”
If modern femininity was what Beckham was aiming for, she definitely succeeded. The outfits were romantic and undoubtedly beautiful, but with an edge – think elegant tailoring in interesting and streamlined silhouettes, with a healthy dose of check.
One thing that particularly made an impact was the footwear. Beckham describes the VB woman as “proper but she’s definitely not prim”, and as such, models were seen in business-appropriate outfits with the surprising addition of leopard print boots, or highlighter-yellow heels.
This season Beckham was evidently obsessed with a new style of shoe – slouchy boots with peep toes. We’re not sure the high street will automatically follow suit, but no doubt the fashion crowd will love them.
While certainly a hit, many of the outfits were very much what we’re used to seeing the designer wearing herself – loose flowing slacks, delicate knitted jumpers, long dresses and coats draped over the shoulders.
With fashion houses often trying to outdo each other with shock tactics galore, perhaps this is no bad thing. There’s an increasingly performative element to shows, but we didn’t see this at VB. Instead, we were presented with beautiful clothes in an elegant setting – it might not blow your mind, but it did feel like a welcome tonic to the somewhat hectic nature of the fashion industry.
The choice of music on the live Youtube stream was interesting. An acoustic version of Electricity by Dua Lipa played, while an excerpt of Jewelry by Blood Orange, featuring a powerful monologue from transgender writer, director and activist Janet Mock, was thought-provoking, but raised questions over whether it was being used for the right reasons.
Fashion fans might also feel disappointment over the lack of body diversity on the catwalk.
This aside, no doubt Beckham will be able to chalk up her second London show as an absolute hit.
- Press Association