Victoria Beckham S/S 2016
Mood board: The Victoria Beckham woman might not strike you as a sporty type, but it was the focus on an ease of wear and carefree mobility that directed the designer’s S/S 2016 collection. Full, billowing silhouettes such as drop-waisted skirts and below-the-knee culottes, along with pops of colour along necklines, gave the collection a jaunty, yet always elegant feel.
Finishing touches: Calling it ’a new approach that is fresh and liberating’ in the collection’s opening statement, Beckham drew inspiration from urban surf scenes for the season. Hooded zipped up tops (in leather of course), sports jackets (in silk) and clingy knitted dresses with seams accentuating the contours of the body brought new meaning to the term ’sports luxe’. An oversized handbag shape known as the ’half moon’ - an elevated, messenger style almost - was also introduced, loosely slung over her models’ shoulders.
Best in show: There was a superb mix of prints - boisterous picnic checks inserted between panels of white, florals interjected with plaids - that alternated with a restrained, art-like placement for maximum impact.
Photography: Jason Lloyd-Evans