New York Fashion Week Series: 4. Victoria Beckham SS13

Fresh and feminine body conscious dresses, block colour simplicity, a little lingerie inspiration and the introduction of separates (bias cut skirts and short shorts). I have to give it to Victoria Beckham I really like how she is evolving as a designer.

I had expected to see another collection of fitted dress after fitted shift dress but I liked the new separates and had a surprising amount of affection for the A line skirts – styles that usually terrify me as they remind me of badly fitted school uniform days*.  A little sporty perhaps and very aesthetically pleasing with the geometric influences running throughout (I like that kind of structure) – Victoria Beckham SS13 was a hit with me.

Beckham still included dresses within the collection; my favourite was a nude dress with bodice detail (image top) like a second skin against the body.  Another favourite (image below) – a crisp white dress with broderie anglaise cotton sections cut around the chest.  Because of the simplicity in the designs this season, I felt Beckham was a wearable collection indeed.

Images: Vogue.

*Mum if you are reading this, this is not your fault. I merely blame my school for their choices, especially those awful blazers.

StyleOnTheCouch Loves: Preen Resort 2013

Graphic streaks and oversized flower prints mixed with their signature modern silhouettes; Preen resort 2013 is a wonderful mix of bold splashes of paint and sporty elements.  Having spoken of my love of Preen (yet again) on Sunday, it felt fitting to feature their recent line today.

The black dress top left, and the white shirt with Dolman-style sleeves and high-waisted flower print skirt are my favourites from this collection.  I was happy to hear the recent announcement that Justin Thornton and Thea Bregazzi will return to their design roots in London for fashion week this year (the duo had been showing in NYC since 2008), with Thornton quoted in WWD as saying:

“Today, London is a very different fashion week to what it once was, and it’s a great place for us to show. It feels right to be here again. It’s more of an international fashion week now.”

Attracted to and influenced by American sportswear when they first came to NYC, this current collection has a clear Olympic / athletic influence.  Cool, modern, sporty chic is seen in side-striped trousers, padded jackets and track pants.  Other inspirations for the line are the artist Jeff Koons and the photographer Nick Knight; resulting in vivid, bold splashes of paint and graphic lines that inject a delightful vibrancy into the designs.

I wrote on Sunday that there are designers who create collections I covet again and again – Preen is one of them.  I hope you like resort 2013 as much as I do, Blog Reader.

Images from Fashionising.
Visit the Preen website here.