Victoria Beckham takes her lead from LA with easy, California-inspired collection for second New York Fashion Week show
10:19 GMT, 12 September 2012
Victoria Beckham showed her second collection at New York Fashion Week today, the lower-priced Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection.
With 14-month-old daughter Harper sitting on her lap, the designer, 38, talked a small group of editors and buyers through the line, now in its third season.
The pretty, poppy florals and sun-bleached palette were inspired by the laid-back Californian lifestyle, she revealed, indicating just how much living in LA has influenced her look.
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California dreaming: Victoria Beckham's second New York Fashion Week show saw her take her lead from her LA home, with a sunbleached palette and laid-back vibe
Fresh new look: Poppy florals and layered polka dots were a departure from her past collections
It marked a departure from her previous collections – and indeed the main Victoria Beckham line, which showed on Sunday.
Mother-daughter fashion moment: Victoria Beckham held Harper on her lap as she sat front row
Mrs Beckham, who says she designs
with herself, rather than a specific trend in mind, also included an
elegant degrad shift bearing an image of an idyllic sunset.
Indeed, the Sixties-inspired minidress shape has become a signature of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection, almost a platform for each season's theme.
With that in mind, it was a surprise to see a midi-length wrap dress among the pieces on show, as it is not a look we have ever seen Mrs Beckham wear herself.
She wrote in her show notes: 'With this sportier approach and a
laid-back ease these dresses represent everything I wanted to achieve
with the line.
'I often get asked how living in LA has influenced my
aesthetic and this season Californian street style has been a key
New attitude to femininity: Several of the dresses were adorned with fun illustrations including bird designs
Stepping up: The towering 'flatforms' worn by the models were designed for the show by Walter Steiger
Consistent: The Sixties-inspired minidress shape has become a signature of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection, almost a platform for each season's theme
'For me, that sense of nonchalance embraces the new fresh
attitude to femininity I wanted to convey while staying true to the
essence of the label.'
The bags, of course, were from Mrs Beckham's main collection, another opportunity to showcase them on the catwalk. The towering 'flatforms' were designed especially for the show by Walter Steiger.
Already critics are hailing the line a
sartorial hit, and it is sure to sell well when it hits Harvey Nichols
and Net-a-porter.com next spring.
But fans planning on snapping up every piece will still need to start saving now – prices for the dresses start at around 500.
Celebrity favourite: Cameron Diaz (left), Cheryl Cole and Michelle Williams (right) in Victoria Beckham designs
VIDEO: In contrast, Victoria's full collection was dominated by formal black and white pieces