A decade ago Victoria Beckham launched her fashion label to an audience expecting to see the glitzy garb of a pop star formally known as Posh Spice. Eschewing the obvious, she showed elegant body-con - ultra fitted monotoned dresses that stretched from shoulder to knee with specially designed flat seams and waist-cinching ribbons worn with spindly black stilettos. With ten years of experimentation behind her, Beckham hung up the heels for autumn winter 2018 and presented a collection that was a far cry from her early days of designing.
In fact, it couldn’t be further away from her early work. For starters, the fit leaned towards oversized, the shoes were flat as a pancake, there were wild streaks of leopard print and tailoring was championed. But, most unexpected of all was what lay beneath the lean leg of a trouser or under the tapered hem of a skirt: leggings. So functional, so un-fashion.
The model’s calves came swaddled in the cold-repellent leggings in black, green and honey brown. They peaked out from beneath the cuff of a suit’s leg or the flare of a mid-length coat. But they weren’t the only hint that VB is designing for real women. She swapped heels for buckled flats and traded in top-handle handbags for capacious mum-bags. Like an upgraded Ikea sack, these vast shoppers were ready for a mum-on-the-go. Albeit, a very stylish one.
‘I think there’s never been a better time to be a female designer. I’ve said it for the past 10 years. It started out with girl power and it’s empowering women now through fashion and beauty as opposed to music’ Beckham told Grazia’s Laura Antonio Jordan backstage at the show. ‘I’m looking forward to lots of different things throughout the year to celebrate the 10 years. It’s a great time, I feel very, very blessed to have a job that I love and have the team that I have and the opportunity that I have as well. I’m looking forward to having a fun year!'