One runway show per fashion week is plenty for Victoria Beckham. She opted out of a catwalk for her secondary collection today, presenting instead in a corner of a makeshift showroom at Milk Studios, with salespeople and a T-shirted David Beckham occupying the tables that weren't covered in her colorful VB handbags. She's a savvy woman, happy to use the not-inconsiderable power of her celebrity to sell a few frocks.
Not that this collection needed the extra help. Now in its fifth season, the line has a new sophistication. The novelty prints—landscapes, kittens—that were an early signature are gone, replaced by vibrant kaleidoscope motifs, a couple of which she bonded with laser-cut flowers. Still youthful, but quirk-free. And she's expanded beyond the leggy A-line shapes she started with to experiment with more complicated constructions. A very pretty pleated frock was made from eleven different colors of silk, and an edgier pleated dress incorporated the harness detailing familiar from her main line. Most adventurous was the drop-waist bell-shape silk cloque number Beckham wore herself, which was a shout-out to the master, Cristobal Balenciaga.