Victoria Beckham AW16: Straight Laced

In our society obsessed with labels, people find it hard to accept that someone can progress and move on. Victoria Beckham left The Spice Girls and her role as WAG-in-chief long ago. Her self-assured, eponymous label produces collections that are chic, understated and women friendly. Beckham’s clothes are hardworking, look good on a feminine body and are great for working women, providing they have the spending power to buy into brand VB.

Victoria Beckham’s AW16 show in New York focused on the idea of a re-worked corset. Thankfully, she dispensed with boning and created body-sculpting pieces in Prince of Wales check, houndstooth jacquards and skinny knitwear. The collection married boyish charm with womanly aesthetics; the masculine outerwear provided balance to the hyper-feminine theme. There were also voluminous skirts that gently swelled below the body-sculpting tops. After the show, Beckham said that she wanted to make the bustier appropriate for daywear and I think she succeeded, although I’d layer the strapless pieces over a button down shirt or skinny polo necks. This collection will no doubt influence the trends for AW16.

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