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Suzy Menkes

Vogue International Editor Suzy Menkes is the best-known fashion journalist in the world. After 25 years commenting on fashion for the International Herald Tribune (rebranded recently as The International New York Times), Suzy Menkes now writes exclusively for Vogue online, covering fashion worldwide.

#SuzyNYFW: Victoria Beckham's Velvet Underground

Soft silhouettes and flat summer boots move the designer away from her signature taut and seductive shapes

15 Сентября 2016

Who would have imagined that behind the sleek tailoring and sharp silhouettes of Victoria Beckham, there would be a romantic aiming to escape?

Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017

The reality behind the designer's sleek exterior is a feel for tactile velvet in a vivid green colour that she described as “peppermint”. This lush pleated skirt came with the freshness of toothpaste and flat summer boots. It was a 21st-century version of the velvet underground.

Beckham in flats and in these soft clothes developed for the Spring/Summer 2017 season might have seemed a surprise, but the designer's creative style has become increasingly relaxed.

Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017

“It's about taking more classic, traditional fabrics and creasing, washing, pleating, polishing and smocking,” she said about the first collection she had built on materials, as opposed to cut. “It's about taking the fabrics and making them feel new and fresh.”

Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017

Predictably, Victoria's husband David and photographer son Brooklyn were sitting in the audience. But this show was different — and only in part because it took place in the shadow of the 9/11 memorial for the bombing of the Twin Towers in 2001.

A minute's silence was held before the show started. Strange for a fashion show. But the clothes fitted respectably into the mood: first innocent white, velvet dresses with gently swinging skirts; then some dabs of bright colour in mauve, turquoise and orange dresses. The summer shapes were fresh, daytime with the occasional subtle floral pattern — and everything classy, not brassy.

Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2017

“This season, fabric really was the starting point — all the pieces, like the knitwear, are separate, but I like how they look when they are part of the garment. That was the starting point,” she said. “As much as I want the fabrics to be really interesting, people have to wear the collection.”

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