In the case of brands built around the personality of a celebrity, the aesthetic is obvious; the clothes are made to look like they were plucked from the celebrity’s own wardrobe. Victoria Beckham has carved her success from dressing women in the solid, body-conscious silhouettes that she herself favored on a daily basis, but a shift in her personal style has radiated throughout her recent collections, proving that Beckham is in a gentler state of mind. Her public appearances in sneakers, silk pajama suits, and oversized separates signaled a sharp departure from the fit-and-flare silhouette of yesteryear, and her collections have followed suit, taking a new turn toward relaxed, wearable shapes.
Comfort reigned supreme on the Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017 runway as crushed velvet and pleated silks were transformed into sporty dresses and separates that were intricately folded and knotted. Now that utility and relaxation form the pillars of Beckham’s output, her clothes are more tempting on a mass commercial scale. Kimono-sleeved separates, crinkled-velvet frocks, and knitted dresses that peeled away at the shoulder revealed design acumen but were also easy to wear. Her signature bustier appeared in a supporting role, offering a new take on three-piece suiting, which included a bustier, low-slung trousers, and a blazer. Other looks were finished with asymmetrical sashes that were combined with pouches, which operated as external, oversized pockets.
Polonius once told Hamlet, “To thine own self, be true,” and this notion holds fast for Beckham. As her personal tastes evolve, so do her collections, and she happens to be right on target when it comes to what her clients want: effortless sophistication and stylish innovation.