December 02, 2013 New York
This was a year of significant growth for Veronica Beard. At a preview of the label's first-ever Pre-Fall collection, designers Veronica Swanson Beard and Veronica Miele Beard (recent CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalists) announced they picked up three major retailers—Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Nordstrom—for Spring, and are shrewdly repositioning themselves at an advanced contemporary price point. While VB typically channels an East Coast sensibility, this season's starting point was the American West, which came across in pieces like a wispy frock featuring a swirling hand-painted "Malachite" print and delicate lace insets, as well as crocheted dresses and zip-in dickeys (for their signature blazers) that gave the lineup a slightly bohemian vibe. Per usual, there was an emphasis on building blocks for a modern woman's day-to-day wardrobe. Functional outerwear standouts included a wool funnel-neck bomber jacket and a cool peplum biker jacket that combined milled leather and a stretchy scuba material. Elsewhere, the sister-in-law duo continued to hone their tailoring with sharp suiting separates—their cut and quality demonstrated just how far the VB ladies have come.