Now in its fourth season, Victoria Beckham's diffusion line is increasingly taking after its posh-er older sister. The Fall Victoria, Victoria Beckham
collection had a new androgynous feel that echoed some of the menswear influences seen on the designer's namesake runway earlier this week. Tuxedo-inspired vest dresses that were layered over crisp oxford shirts had "borrowed from the boys" appeal but were still plenty sexy, thanks to their strict, tailored silhouette and upper-thigh-grazing hemline. [Editor's note: Unless you're a model or have stems like Beckham's, we'd advise wearing those tunic-length numbers with leather leggings or opaque tights.]
Several noteworthy looks gave the appearance of being two pieces—a bonded satin sweatshirt and drop-waist skirt, for example, or a rust-colored silk-button-up-and-pleated-mini combo—but when turned around, revealed long gold zippers indicating they were all in one. Busy women can appreciate the utilitarianism of stepping into a dress, zipping it up, and walking out the door, as opposed to wasting time on coordinating separates. Beckham also experimented with new textures and fabrics here. A combination of nubby "tech poodle" wool and laser-cut chiffon disks updated the classic LBD, while clusters of glittering sequins served as a reminder that despite stepping up her level of sophistication this season, the Victoria, Victoria girl still likes to have fun.