For her Spring/Summer 2014 collection, Victoria Beckham offered the merging of male and female sensibilities, a concept which manifested itself on and off the runway at today’s show.
By now, you’ve probably seen the photos on Instagram or Twitter of David Beckham sitting front row at the Victoria Beckham Spring 2014 show, with his adorable two-year old daughter Harper nestled in his lap ready for Mom’s show. Like many 21st Century families, the Beckhams glamorously and effortlessly demonstrated the modern gender swap this morning. Mom works. Dad babysits. Or vice versa. The point is, that in today’s society, there are not always clean-cut gender roles. And quite fittingly, the narrative of Victoria Beckham’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection touched upon this emerging norm of the social landscape: the co-mingling of male and female sensibilities.
In keeping with the central theme of the show, Beckham moved away from the body-conscious silhouettes of her previous collections and favored a streamlined, pared-back aesthetic. Clean lines and proper tailoring, along with peekaboo pleats offered new ideas about urban, modern dressing. The predominately monochrome palettes, paired with textured overlays, created a sense of fashion fluidity. The Victoria Beckham Spring 2014 woman is one who is a sophisticated minimalist, much like Victoria herself these days, who worked the room post-show in a crisp white shirt, which she wore tucked in with cropped trousers as she smiled graciously at the A-list audience’s applause. And thus, in complete contradiction to the Spice-Girl-turned designer’s public image as a diva with pursed lips and oversized shades, we witnessed a softer and more nuanced side of Victoria, and a Spring/Summer 2014 collection which felt void of icy attitude and brimming with humble elegance.
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