Victoria Beckham is pregnant with her fourth child, but she says she finished her Fall collection before she found out. The fact that she loosened up her silhouette more than ever before, and pushed the draping, is merely sweet synchronicity. Mixed in among her signature body-loving hourglass dresses (this season in bright shades of saffron, magenta, and vermilion, and featuring curving seams that shape the torso) were a pair of blouson minidresses, one in an iridescent honeycomb jacquard and another in a kingfisher blue matte gazar. Their cocooning shapes will be a boon as her baby bump grows. Continuing in the relaxed vein, she showed a few outfits that looked like draped cashmere shawls belted over fitted pencil skirts. But it was an illusion: They were in fact trompe l'oeil dresses, and great-looking too.
Also new for Fall were coats. But whereas elsewhere she was thinking loose and liberating, here she was all rigor and precision. The toppers were cut in structured wool, and their stand-up buckled collars notwithstanding, they were the opposite of tricked-out. Amid all the utilitarian parkas we'll be seeing on selling floors come fall, they'll look practically stately. That's fine with Beckham, for whom the classics have always trumped the trends.
What will she do for an encore next season? Pantsuits, maybe? After this first shot at tailoring, they seem like the next logical step for a designer who, ironically, given her celebrity status, pays closer attention to her clients' real-life needs than many of her peers. It's an approach that continues to pay dividends.