Victoria Beckham"s designer collection: Posh pulls it off in New York catwalk show


Gosh! Posh pulls it off: Liz Jones was her biggest critic, but as Victoria Beckham's new collection wows New York she's happy to eat humble pie

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14:51 GMT, 10 September 2012

My mouth is full of feathers, net and bits of straw. Why I have just eaten my Debenhams fascinator, so impressed am I by Victoria Beckham’s catwalk show yesterday morning in New York.

While I didn’t eat my expensive Vivien Sheriff hat — I am not completely won over by her transformation from pop star and WAG to fashion designer — I am prepared to tuck into a generous slice of humble pie.

And, don’t worry, I haven’t been bribed with a free crocodile handbag or a front-row seat next to David Beckham, who was sporting a Tintin quiff. In fact, I am still barred from her shows. So this glowing verdict is not grateful sycophancy.

Liz says: A little too Wimbledon, and the collar is a bit Chanel, but I love the flip-flops crossed with knee-high boots, which I'm naming the floot

Liz says: A little too Wimbledon, and the collar is a bit Chanel, but I love the flip-flops crossed with knee-high boots, which I'm naming the floot

Liz says: My dress of the season - classy, sexy, understated and flattering. Expect a near 3,000 price tag and a waiting list

Liz says: My dress of the season – classy, sexy, understated and flattering. Expect a near 3,000 price tag and a waiting list

Instead, it’s acknowledgment that Mrs Beckham has talent, an eye for shape and colour and has obviously put in a great deal of hard work.

And what was most unbelievable on Sunday morning was that she even cracked a smile as she took her bow, an unheard-of gesture in the stony world of fashion — and an indication she has finally relaxed into her new role.

So, what worked Well, while I admired her first few collections, which featured only body-con dresses in a style she would wear herself, I’ve always bemoaned the fact she has never tackled tailoring — jackets and trousers — which are the most difficult pieces to do well.

Liz says: The perfect cocktail dress, with no cleavage, no exposed thighs, just slender arms. I'd love to see the Duchess of Cambridge in this

Liz says: The perfect cocktail dress, with no cleavage, no exposed thighs, just slender arms. I'd love to see the Duchess of Cambridge in this

Liz says: I love the sharp shoulders, the tiny waist and lack of embellishment. I'll never look a sequin in the eye again!

Liz says: I love the sharp shoulders, the tiny waist and lack of embellishment. I'll never look a sequin in the eye again!

But here, for the first time, we saw
impeccably tailored pieces. The trousers looked so easy, sitting on
exactly the correct part of the waist. Not too hipstery, so you look all
trunk, like a dachshund. Not too high on the waist, so you resemble
Simon Cowell.

The fabrics were top notch, as always: felty wool, and crepe and chiffon.

There was brilliant use of colour, too, such as the hot orange jacket that is very Jil Sander in its simple luxeness.

Lots
of the skirts are perilously short, the sort of thing you’d wear to go
ice-skating or play tennis, but no matter, there is plenty that is more
demure.

Liz says: This hot orange dress shows real confidence, and I love the cutaway shoulders

Liz says: This hot orange dress shows real confidence, and I love the cutaway shoulders

I love the fact she hasn’t entirely escaped her Hertfordshire roots (remember she always had a sliver of bra peeking out from beneath her jacket in her Spice Girl days) and you can still see the undies beneath the blouses.

And while I commend the flats on offer — not something that Victoria herself is ever seen in — I’m not a fan of the 1920s black and white shoe: ‘a bit spivvy’, as my dad would have said.

But I love the knee-high boots that are also a flip-flop — let’s call them a floot. These are bound to sell out.

Victoria Beckham catwalk show

Victoria Beckham catwalk show

Some of the skirts were perilously short but Liz Jones is a fan of the more demure designs

To complement the minimal collection accessories were kept sharp and simple

To complement the minimal collection accessories were kept sharp and simple

Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week

Victoria Beckham at New York Fashion Week

Peter pan collars and knee-length hemlines were teamed with subtly sexy mesh panelling

WILL BECKHAM BE VICTORIOUS AT BRITISH FASHION AWARDS

Victoria Beckham is set to pick up a British Fashion Award this week, according to Ladbrokes.

Just hours after wowing the critics
in New York with her spring/summer 2013 collection, the former Spice
Girl has been tipped as the 2/1 favourite to take home the Red Carpet
Award at this year's British Fashion Awards.

However the singer-turned-designer faces tough competition from reigning champion Stella McCartney, who has given odds of 3/1.

Meanwhile Roksanda Ilincic is also in
the running with odds off 4/1, while Alessandra Rich has a 5/1 chance
of taking home the award thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge, who wore
Ilincic's Peridot dress for the second time over the summer.

‘Beckham has repeatedly silenced her
critics and the odds suggest she'll do the same at this year's British
Fashion Awards,’ says Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes.

My favourite piece, one I will have to
don a disguise to buy in Harvey Nichols, is the nude body-con dress,
like a delicious corset, with clever detailing to narrow the waist, and a
hem that skims the knees.

This is a grown-up dress, oozing sex
appeal: a little looser and more confident than her first, very buttoned
up, severe efforts.

The
little black dresses, with their basketweave backs, remind me of
Azzedine Alaia, and you don’t get a more complimentary sentence than
that

The only designs I
won’t review are her bags, given her refusal to eschew exotic skin.

Other than that, Beckham’s spring/summer 2013 collection was all
wonderful — and for once there was no baby clasped in her arms.

She once said she barred me from her shows because I made my criticism personal, not about the clothes.

But
this is the first collection where she has had no need of the famous
husband, the baby or the pop star attitude. The collection really does
speak for itself.

Bucket hats and bra straps were part of the show's finale

Bucket hats and bra straps were part of the show's finale

Taking a bow ... Victoria Beckham at her New York Fashion Week show

Quick, hide that smile! Wearing one of her own designs, Victoria looks happy for once

The designer couldn't hide her delight at the response from the crowd at the end of her show

Proud: Husband David looks on from the front row of the New York Public Library where the show was held

Proud: Husband David looks on from the front row of the New York Public Library where the show was held

After the show it was time for a family lunch with baby Harper Seven at New York's trendy Balthazar restaurant

After the show it was time for a family lunch with baby Harper Seven at New York's trendy Balthazar restaurant