Monday, 16 February 2009

Roving Reporter: Victoria Beckham

I know it’s her second season, but can anyone blame me for being pleasantly surprised for the second time after viewing Victoria Beckham’s collection? Not only has the designer proved herself as a designer to be reckoned with, she is also a far cry from those skimpy infamous hot pants she wore during the 2006 World Cup.

After receiving raving reviews last season, Victoria proved that her debut success was not merely a fluke. In her 23 piece collection presented at the Waldorf towers for the second time, she showcased beautifully made elegant designs.

As the great Coco Chanel rightly put it: ‘Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman’. The collection has the ability to make any woman look effortless elegant and strong. What strikes me as the strength of the collection is the lack of fuss. The dress speaks for itself. Makeup and hair styling were minimal but the girls still looked stunning. Is that not testament to a great dress? All you have to do is put it on and you look amazing.

Her debut collection received raving international reviews and praise for its timeless quality, particularly in today’s economic climate. This season, she was a bit more experimental, paring tight black trousers with jackets that had zippers that can be opened from the top and the bottom. Dresses were also given a modern twist with silver studded belts that added a rock chic, edgy sensibility. 

Beautiful floor length gowns with trains came in black and red, creating strong, feminine silhouettes. I am sure they will be seen on the back of many an A-lister.

The length of the dresses were varied. This season she introduced several shorter styles but the statement pieces were still the calf grazing dresses. 

The collection was very well edited but had problems with styling. The black jacket over the floor length gown didn't show off either garment well.

The collection was definitely a great move compounding on the success of her debut collection. Victoria definitely earned her position on shop floors sitting between greats like Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.


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