It used to be all about the bodycon dress for Victoria Beckham. The tighter the better. But for the past few seasons she’s veered away from those body hugging red carpet numbers and started to experiment, successfully, with more voluminous silhouettes and last season, menswear tailoring. She pushed herself even further for spring 2014.
“The interpretation of shapes and how to apply them both literally and conceptually was my starting point this season,” Beckham said in the show notes. “Exploring new proportions has allowed me to further develop my silhouette and I have set boyish elements against a sense of femininity.”
Boyish elements from the oh-so-girly Victoria Beckham? The same Victoria Beckham whose two-year-old daughter Harper took in the show on her daddy’s lap wearing a pleated white dress with bows at the shoulders and a perfect top knot? Well, not too boyish. The masculinity of long boxy shorts (they looked like men’s suit pants cut off below the knee) was offset with loose girly camisole-like tops with ruffled hems that could double as dresses or cover-ups. For every boyish look–like the aforementioned shorts worn with a sculptural blazer and stiff collared shirt–there was a flirty little mini skirt or mini dress. The stiff structured skirts peeled up at one corner to reveal a triangle of stiff pleats underneath. Suddenly, a simple flared mini skirt wasn’t so simple anymore.
A spare, mostly black and white palette (not to mention the pristine white box that served as the setting for the show) allowed the clean sharp lines of this new Victoria Beckham silhouette to shine. Beckham took her finale bow not in one of her short-skirted looks, but in a plain white button down and cropped black pants. Our lazy gym-loathing selves could get used to this kind of roomy look for spring.