Victoria Beckham Fall 2011 Review

Victoria Beckham Fall 2011 RTW

Photos courtesy of Victoria Beckham

Looks from the Victoria Beckham Fall 2011 presentation

SHOW: Victoria Beckham (See the full runway collection)

THEME: Transient femininity, freedom

ACCESSORIES: Handbags by Victoria Beckham, shoes by Christian Louboutin

HAIR: Guido Palau

MAKEUP: Charlotte Tilbury for Lancôme

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: The evolution of Victoria Beckham

One of the rare delights of Fashion Week is crawling out of bed at an ungodly hour on the weekend to go see Victoria Beckham’s collection. It’s not just the clothes that make it fun (though this season she really came into her own); rather, it’s Beckham’s self-deprecating and disarming humor as she narrates the intimate presentations (“It feels like a real fashion show, doesn’t it?” she quipped midway through). You can’t help but like her after it’s over.

For Fall 2011 Beckham offered up a few of her signature corseted dresses in rich hues of burgundy and saffron. (In fact, this collection marks her 100th dress, a fitted double-crepe collar look in saffron.)

But change was in the air this season: Longer lengths débuted, as did a looser fit in the crepe dress variations. Beckham said this presentation has a transient femininity and illustrated the point with hooded dresses, pleats, trapeze dresses—all symbolizing a sense of freedom.

What really marked an evolution in her design, and are the standouts of the collection, are the coats and the voluminous silhouettes. Yes, volume at Victoria Beckham.

First the coats: Even when simple, like the vermilion wool raglan piece, the outerwear was luxurious and perfectly tailored (as we’ve come to expect from Beckham). The wool trench has made our must-buy list for the season.

The big surprise was the designer’s new shape: A cocoon dress in gazar billowed out in all directions. The honeycomb minidress was a showstopper, its tapered, short hemline upping the sex appeal. The cashmere oversize jumper—which Beckham herself was wearing—was casual and effortless.

Beckham also featured draped dresses (in cashmere), which highlighted the figure just so—flattering and forgiving at the same time.

In a season when quite a few designers are equating glamour with skintight, it’s refreshing to see Beckham try something new and different for her collection.