LFW SS19: Victoria Beckham celebrates the brand’s 10-year anniversary

TEN years ago Victoria Beckham held her first fashion show at New York Fashion Week with only ten dresses. Today, a decade later and with a prospering fashion label under her belt, Victoria Beckham marked the journey she had made to fashion royalty by returning to her roots and holding her SS19 show in London. From the get-go, Victoria Beckham’s SS19 show was designed to spur nods of approval. Stella Tennant, the veteran model, who has been the star of Chanel and Celine shows in the past and is, in her own right, catwalk royalty, opened the show in a white relaxed suit with a delicate lace camisole and silver pumps – the ultimate blend of elegance and glamour.

As each look graced the runway, this laidback fluidity to shapes continued and stood in contrast to the tailored evening wear on which Victoria Beckham was built ten years ago. Every season Beckham has gone to great efforts to design in keeping with the modern woman, one who plays the role of many but in the outfit of one. And opening with Stella Tennant, the acclaimed 47-year-old model and mother of two children, reinforced this. Beckham said after the show, “This season I wanted it to be about women as well as girls. I wanted to have women on the catwalk who my customer can relate to.”

Having had ten years in New York mastering the art of luxury fashion, Victoria Beckham’s SS19 show in London was exquisitely crafted to display the broadness of her talent. The minimalist design aesthetic, a staple of Victoria Beckham’s previous shows, met edgy materials to produce a clean cut and sharp result that proved mature polish is effortlessly cool. Black crochet net vests, gold jacquard slim fit trousers, and sheer shirts were just some of the rock and roll elements that accompanied the delicate neutrality.

Unusual colour combinations also alluded to the fact that this season was about fresh confidence. Inspired by the paintings of American-based British artist Nicola Tyson, Beckham paired sky blue with camel tones, bold red with mustard stripes, and deep green with bright purple.

Although cuts were more masculine, such as the lowered hip trousers and wide shoulder jackets, the rope-tie cinched-in waists and lace detailing reinforced femininity and reimagined the business wardrobe for the 2018 woman. Plus, although there were heels in the show most shoes were sensible and flat. Beckham showed us that women’s fashion has a new and fearless attitude toward conformity.

When Beckham gracefully stepped down the spiral staircase at the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac to take her ten-year bow she was met with a wave of claps and cheers. Victoria Beckham’s return to London, therefore, is a welcome one and her SS19 show was a fitting reconnection to her roots, her inspiration and her largest consumer, the UK.

by Lily Rimmer

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