A huge part of my job as a fashion writer used to be trawling through pictures from the catwalks ad nauseum, reviewing solidly for four weeks. In the same way that I can’t bring myself to read another Ian McEwan because of over-analysis during A Levels, I no longer take the same pleasure in scouring every show review and catwalk gallery.
These days I allow myself a meander around style.com and pick out the designers that I know I might be interested in. The beginning of New York Fashion Week didn’t start out in any groundbreaking fashion, but, along with every other Brit in the fashion industry, I was anticipating a great show from Victoria Beckham, who, although having already proved she is no one-hit wonder, still attracts the intrigue of lesser-minded people who are ‘waiting for her to fail’.
I like Victoria Beckham, I won’t prattle on about her being ‘misunderstood’ but I think she’s much wittier and honest than people give her press image credit for. I loved her Marc Jacobs ‘in a carrier bag’ adverts, I love her outfits, her pout and, importantly for this discussion, her obvious talent for design and style.
Since starting her eponymous line and showing at fashion week, Victoria Beckham is so far removed from the WAG days of Baden Baden that the latter image seems more of a cheap parody than something she’d actually do. But back to the clothes…
A/W seasons are always stronger (in my opinion) if your speciality is structure, tailoring, outwear and block colour. Victoria has done all of these in one form or another, and has many design strengths, but for her AW13 show the standout was the outerwear, it seemed to allude to her new life back in Blighty, with classic textures and oversized coats that looked like that would actually be warm to wear and not just for show. Although not of the same category, a particular favourite of mine was a tuxedo-inspired look with a ‘shoulder-drape’ cape effect, teamed with skinny trousers and shoes by my favourite shoe god Mr Manolo Blahnik.
The reviews are coming in thick and fast now, and it seems Mrs Beckham has done it again, but then again, there was no doubt of that this time around, was there?
See the full Victoria Beckham collection on style.com