Victoria Beckham New York Fashion Week 2016

I’m a sponge.” That might seem a very odd, existential quote to come from the mouth of the distinctly un-blob-likeVictoria Beckham, but she was using it as a figure of speech to account for the design ideas she put into her Spring collection—feelings she says she just picked up in passing on her nonstop travels with work and family. “I’ve lived in L.A., we have the show here in New York, and now obviously we’re back in London,” she said backstage, “so I guess I’ve figured it out from that. There are subliminal things in here, like the surf prints, but this collection is more about attitude and just making things fresh and carefree.”

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Perhaps the best way to judge Beckham’s fluid, just-above-the-ankle midi lengths, swing dresses, and flats is to compare them to what she was producing at the very beginning of her career as a designer, i.e., fitted hourglass silhouettes, tiny short dresses, and eveningwear, all with towering heels. That is now firmly a thing of the past. There was nothing on the runway that looked even remotely cocktail or red carpet in the old sense, but times have changed. Where there once might have been sculpted, corseted bustiers, now there is crinkled duchesse satin suspended from gathered necklines, and where once there had been stiletto platforms, here were backless loafers. The distance traveled can definitely be measured in a much more grown-up idea of what sophisticated fashion is to the kind of women who inhabit, or would like to move into, Victoria Beckham’s world. The clothes read as expensive, with a luxurious, creamy heft and swish about them, exuding a wealthy confidence that says, “I have achieved the perfect life, but I don’t need to try too hard to show that off to you.”

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