February 12, 2011 New York
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.