Victoria Beckham's Designs, Like Her Personal Style, Have Gotten More Relaxed

The designer pulled a Phoebe Philo and took her bow in Stan Smiths instead of stilettos.
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The designer pulled a Phoebe Philo and took her bow in Stan Smiths instead of stilettos.
A look from Victoria Beckham's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

A look from Victoria Beckham's fall 2016 show. Photo: Imaxtree

If we're ranking the things at Victoria Beckham's 10 a.m. show on Sunday that abruptly woke us from our frozen, sleep-deprived stupor, number one was her disturbingly attractive family sitting in the front row, all in black, and number two was the designer and artist formerly known as Posh Spice's outfit as she took her bow: sneakers had replaced the black stilettos we'd assumed were permanently affixed to her feet.

Victoria Beckham. Photo: Imaxtree

Victoria Beckham. Photo: Imaxtree

The clothes that preceded this — which are technically what we all braved the extreme windchill to see — represented a similarly relaxed evolution of her design aesthetic. Dresses and tops still had structure, but were a softer interpretation of the corseted bodice she's known for, often with unfinished hems in looser fabrics. Other dresses and skirts had a balloon-like silhouette at the bottom that, while less than flattering, certainly looked comfortable. Knitwear was a big story, too: in body-hugging dresses and skirts, little bustiers, turtlenecks, crop tops and long, lounge-ready pants.

Beckham is the first to admit that she is her own inspiration: "This collection is a statement of the continuing evolution of my personal style," read her show notes. Though, like her decision to wear Stan Smiths, a few looks were definitely Phoebe Philo-esque. But with these relaxed, simple pieces that many women (particularly thin ones) could incorporate into their wardrobes, dressing like Victoria Beckham is now a much more comfortable endeavor than it was at your last Spice Girls concert.