Any woman will tell you that comfort is key when it comes to her wardrobe. And this sentiment is very much what Victoria Beckham had at the forefront of mind for her collection today – a cocooning, comforting and covered-up affair.
“It’s not about one theme – but instead thinking about what women really want to wear and how they want their clothes to make them feel,” said the designer in her notes, later explaining that the longer she’s worked in fashion, the more clothes she seems to wear, the more she covers up. This is how SHE feels. And let’s remember her collections are always very representative of her own wardrobe.
But that didn’t mean covering up in the cloaked, clunky, one-too-many-layers sense; far from it. This was a sexy and sophisticated take that put shape at its centre for soft and womanly silhouettes: curved shoulders on coats whose sleeves went some way into creating the collar; sleeves on navy jumpers that cascaded into oversize; elegant drapes swaying across knits; chunky corduroys that looked heavy and substantial but were actually incredibly light; and a clever take on patchwork for fabrics that felt special and unique.
Because, aside from a new take on sexiness, or rather a return to it (it felt like there were nods to her earlier collections), there was an overall bounce with everything here – the swing in skirts comprised from velvet and chiffon hearts fluttering around the legs; the spring in tweedy wools on coats and dresses elsewhere.
Sculptural and body-conscious (more in feeling than just strict silhouette-defining shape), it was all very wearable just as VB had set out to do and her fashion empathy will no doubt pay off.