Victoria Beckham has never truly put her inner desires on hiatus and the Victoria by Victoria Beckham pre-fall 2016 collection is here to prove it. Remember when, back in her Posh Spice era, she firmly claimed she wanted to be as famous as Persil Automatic laundry detergent? Well, she did it, but she didn’t stop there. On the ‘Persil concept’ she has in fact just based an entire collection, even designing a t-shirt with a printed logo ‘dream’ clearly reminding of that of Persil’s.
To accentuate her Posh Spice nostalgia, she then created some pieces that shriek ‘Nineties!’ from all sides. If you are one big Spice Girls fan and would like to revive your glorious teenage years, we recommend also brushing up Victoria’s biography from 2001 after looking at her collection, where the actual “I wanted to be more famous than Persil Automatic” quote came from.
As for her recent line-up, the Essex-born fashion designer stated she had a “lot of fun with it”, and such a playful aspect is clearly palpable within the intarsia of cherries, grapes, strawberries and sequined flowers, the mainly oversized designs of which are to be found in the line-up’s dresses, sweaters and t-shirts. To add a little touch of British humor, Victoria Beckham also embroidered cocktails patterns on actual cocktail dresses, paving the way for a new meta-fashion experience.
T-shirts are undeniably one of the most powerful designs within the Victoria by Victoria Beckham pre-fall 2016 collection, as they mainly play a huge role in the whole ‘90s revival’ thing. As the perfect girl from that decade would have done, Victoria Beckham also paired t-shirts with cool bell bottom jeans, the latter of which have been upgraded with patchwork motifs and parallel thin lines on the front (please tell me I am not the only one who thought she was super cool while wearing those jeans during her middle school years).
As far as the patchwork motifs go, Victoria Beckham kept on proposing them on both dresses and denim shirts, in a cool attempt of lessening the distances between the Spice era and the grunge movement. As she recently stated, for the patchwork looks she got inspired by a scarecrow she met during a visit to a Los Angeles-area pumpkin patch.
The same inspiration may have caused Victoria Beckham to deeply explore the Alice in Wonderland theme, the results of which are to be seen in the great amount of ruffles and trumpet cuts, used indiscriminately to give dynamicity to the sleeves, skirts and shorts. The same trumpet-cuts are to be seen in their ‘upside down’ versions, like in the case of oversized bomber jackets and maxi pin-stripe trousers.
The art of layering is vivid here (like back in the ‘90s), and Victoria Beckham paid clear homage to the whole ‘shirt underneath the dress’ look playing with bold contrasting colors and A-line dresses. Last but not least, while the collection remains loyal to the Nineties total-black look, Beckham also gave it a hint of the Sixties as well through a burst of colors, making the line-up, if possible, even more cheerful.
Photos courtesy of Vogue