For the first time, Victoria Beckham sent not just clothes and bags down the runway, but also her own line of shoes. And they were not the teetering stilettos the petite singer-turned-designer is known to wear; rather, she showed flat, pointed-toe leather oxfords, some adorned with roses, alongside chunky platform sandals in black and leopard. In fact, there wasn't a stiletto in sight until Beckham herself appeared on stage at the end of the show.
Interestingly, Beckham hasn't yet decided whether she'll produce the shoes for retail -- she says it was essential to create them to "complete and strengthen the silhouette" she showed on the runway. We won't be surprised, however, if buyers are able to persuade her to manufacture them in time for spring.
Beckham is slated to open her first retail flagship in London this fall, and planning the store, she says, has pushed her to "focus on the DNA of [the] brand more than ever." For spring, that meant further refining her perennial juxtaposition of slim, straight-edged tailoring and soft edges, and an emphasis on rich solids over prints. (There were two, a yellow and a pink floral, as well as some stripes.) There were also new elements that could become signatures: Large cargo pockets on safari-inspired jackets; tunics and tunic-like dresses; peekaboo belts that appeared and disappeared around the waists they were cinching; and a single varsity stripe that raced around the calf-skimming hems of ribbed knit dresses and skirts. The coats were the most covetable, with a single fluttering lapel that cut diagonally across the waist, and accentuated by occasional bands of color on collars and belts.
It was a remarkably restrained and well-edited collection -- certainly among Beckham's best to date.