Feeling her way toward a full-scale catwalk production sometime in the not-so-distant future, Victoria Beckham
graduated from one-on-one appointments to a small, informal runway show that she narrated look by look. The collection itself has progressed, too. A girl, after all, cannot live in fits-like-a-glove sheaths alone.
"I wanted to push myself," Beckham said, "to play with new silhouettes, textures, and print." The newness came via two double-crepe dresses with paneled shoulders and wide skirts, a couple of otherwise streamlined minidresses with peplums flaring from waist to hips, and a strapless cocktail number that looked as if the model had wrapped herself loosely in a bedsheet that might slip off at any second (if not, Beckham explained, for an inner corset structure). The collection felt alternately more girly, more fashion-forward, and more laid-back than before—but always with its designer's signature sex appeal.
The showstoppers—no surprise—were the evening dresses, impossibly long and narrow columns with contrasting bands of fabric at the waist that enhanced their slimming effects. When Beckham does want to join the big-timers on the runway, she'll probably need to expand further into daywear, but three seasons in, she's certainly established herself as a red-carpet expert.