I think for many fashion followers, when we imagine Victoria Beckham‘s design aesthetic, we think structured, dark, super chic and sophisticated. However, her SS16 collection surprised me with a breezy and bright melange of separates and dresses ideal for a weekend in the South Hampton or a night out in the blistering heat of an Indian summer.
Her collection played a lot with bright, poppy colors and bold prints that echoed that of a street-wise and sophisticated women wanting to break away from the confines of her daily pencil skirt and blazer and trade it for an equally powerful casual option. Midi length skirts were featured in the majority of the looks, with slender cuts and moderate slits giving way to show some leg. Sexiness reigned in the tops with deep v-necks and low scoop necks, provided a sensual feel to the silhouettes.
Her use of butter-like suede lent a rich but still airy texture to the collection of otherwise flowing silks and lightweight cotton blends. While the bold patterns strategically used in outwear, skirts, and tops were all brought together by subtle but bright pops of reds and blues in the details and trims of the garments. Her use of pattern mixing worked in the collection’s favor by not overwhelming the creative prints, letting them take the spotlight. And in my opinion, the use of white in the collection made such a color that can seem difficult to pull off for many, appear to be the perfect choice for anyone looking to stay cool while still looking phenomenal in the summer heat.
Some of my favorite looks in the collection were the deep v-neck black top with matching black culottes, the cobalt blue and tan suede dress with the asymmetrical neckline and the boldly printed sleeveless crew neck top paired with the white midi length flowing skirt. Mrs. Beckham is quickly becoming one of my go-to designers to spot wearable and accessible trends for every season, something in which she exemplified beautifully in this collection.
– Carmen N. Turner
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