Beckham’s military-inspired spring/summer 2015 show at New York Fashion Week was ever so grown-up, and saw the designer make her own shoe debut
Every season Victoria Beckham generals her New York show with military precision. Is David in the front row next to Anna Wintour? Check. And Brooklyn beside him? Absolutely. Are the clothes chic, easy-to-like, and crying out for the observation that this formerly gauche, perspex-platform wearing Spice Girl is now producing threads of impressive sophistication? When all these manoeuvres are complete, it’s mission accomplished.
Her latest show again achieved all that, partially by taking military clothing as its inspiration; a white webbing belt with a burgundy snap buckle cut through the high waist of a deep-pocketed cream shirt coat was worn over a long cream dress. Two full uniforms, one white, the other burgundy, saw epauletted tunics teamed with pleated wool trousers – but the martial formula fell apart at foot level where the models wore rubber-gusseted, leopard-print winkle-pickers.
Looks from the show: Photos: Getty
These shoes , along with similar flats in white and some chunky block heels were Beckham’s first self-designed shoes – previously she worked with Manolo Blahnik. This time, she said, she had wanted to make her own to exert total command over her looks’ silhouettes: “but I’ll be wearing them too, in every colour,” she added of the fine flats.
Shoes from Beckham’s show debut. Photos: Isidore Montag
Another piece she’s almost certain to wear – and is certain to drive the photographers wild – was a black, white and taupe striped all-in-one in Japanese bouclé (main photo). One editor described it as a ‘onesie’ backstage but Beckham swiftly demurred: “it’s a jumpsuit! I wanted this collection to be minimal and graphic but fun – and this is very cool I think.”
US Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour on the front row alongside David Beckham and son Brooklyn. Photo: AP
Other lighter-touch pieces included raffia skirts and jacket-trouser combinations peppered with that rose relief on raffia to resemble a floral camouflage.
What this collection lacked, however, was enough ooh la la . It was so resolutely grown-up and tasteful – in particular the attractive, raw-toned jute tunics and dresses at the beginning of the show were so monkish they made Nicole Farhi look like Roberto Cavalli. This was all fine, yet with the fleeting exception of few clingy monochrome pieces in jersey, there was barely a whiff of innuendo. Given that Beckham has shown in the past she can make some seriously sexy attire, it was a shame she didn’t leave room for some more in this collection of what she described as “eclectic uniform.” Every wardrobe arsenal requires a jaw-dropper or two.
Beckham takes a bow at the end of the catwalk. Photo: AP
Still, a new collection, a debut into shoes, and later this month the opening of her first shop – which will be on Dover Street in London. So will she be haunting the shop-floor like Harry Gordon Selfridge used to his? “Oh absolutely. I’ve got great staff working at the shop and I love retail. Maybe working behind the till – who knows? David can be on the door and Brooklyn will be a Saturday boy.”
Backstage, as the questions petered out, Beckham chipped in with one herself. “The next thing someone would normally ask is am I pregnant – I seem to get that asked regularly. I am not having a baby but there is a lot going on.” Victoria Beckham marches on.
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NEIMAN MARCUS has been sold for $6 billion to a group spearheaded by Ares Management and a Canadian pension plan. The deal is the largest ever to be made in the luxury department store sector.
“We plan on investing meaningful capital into the business to ensure Neiman’s long-term position as the unparalleled leader in luxury retail,” David Kaplan, co-head of private equity at Ares, said in a statement.
The American store’s current owners – a group of private equity investors led by TPG and Warburg Pincus, who originally bought the chain for $1.5 billion in 2005 – would have gone public if they hadn’t managed to find anyone willing to purchase the shop for their $6 billion asking price, the New York Times reports.
“I have great confidence that our customers, associates and vendor partners will share my enthusiasm that our new investors will help us pursue a business dedicated to luxury and fashion, attentive service and innovative marketing,” Karen Katz, the chief executive of Neiman, said in a statement.
NEIMAN MARCUS may be one of the world’s best known department stores, but it’s never had a location in Manhattan – until now. The Dallas-based company will open the doors of a 250,000sq ft store in Hudson Yards on the Far West Side in 2018.
“We needed to make sure that if we were taking this big, big step of coming to Manhattan, that we had a store that was going to be very impressive,” Karen Katz, the chief executive of Neiman Marcus Group, told The New York Times.
The changes come in the wake of the sale of Neiman Marcus earlier this year, which saw the company achieve a value of $6 billion. The group also owns Manhattan stalwart Bergdorf Goodman, which will not be neglected when the new store build begins, it will also enjoy a complete “floor-by-floor” renovation by 2020.
How the weight loss diets of hot celebrities measure up in the real world
Gawking at weight loss before-and-after shots of celebs is the ultimate guilty pleasure. But you’d need a blockbuster paycheck to get the same results, right? With nutritionist Keri Glassman, R.D., we put that theory to the test and rated red-carpet weight-loss techniques by how pricey—and healthy—they really are.
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The three-meal/three-snack-a-day plan that helped Jenny Craig’s new pitchwoman lose 25 pounds is portion control at its best (especially for just $468 a month).
Mad props to this TV comic—she lost 30 pounds on her own by sticking to three meals a day (no snacks) and avoiding sugar and flour. The one catch: Skipping snacks can slow metabolism.
The radio sidekick surpassed the goal of the “21 Pounds in 21 Days” plan by 3 pounds. But results can be as unpredictable as Howard Stern’s on-air stunts.
A personal chef-nutritionist-trainer combo helped her slash calories healthfully—at more than $200 a day. We’re pulling for her to keep it off this time.
The former yo-yoer kicked the last 25 pounds with daily 1,200-calorie deliveries from Fresh Dining. It’s a not-cheap $45 a day, but c’mon, she’s earned it.
The rocker shelled out top dollar (easily $100 a day) for Gwyneth Paltrow’s macrobiotic chef, then gained weight, hitting 182 pounds. Moral: Even healthy diets require portion control.
Muhammad Ali’s daughter KO’d 100-plus pounds with a gut-cinching gastric Lap-Band. The $12,000 to $25,000 surgery can help the severely obese, but diet and exercise have to change for the results to stick.
It’s the Save the World Slimdown: The once-voluptuous vixen is now simply skeletal, and her brother, James Haven, reportedly has told tabloids he thinks all that jet-setting to countries where people are starving has made her feel guilty about what she eats.
The Dreamgirl lost 22 pounds in 10 days on the Master Cleanse (lemon juice, maple syrup, spring water, and cayenne pepper). But eat real food and you’ll gain in a flash.
Jail does wonders for a girl’s figure. The heiress told Larry King she lost a few pounds in the pokey on a diet of mystery meat, orange juice, and fear.
See what Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Lara Stone wore to turn out at GQ magazine’s annual Men of the Year Awards
Kim Kardashian showed off her curves in a crystal-studded skirt by British couture house Ralph & Russo. The reality TV star scooped the Woman of the Year gong
As serious as fashion can be, there’s no denying it’s also a form of entertainment, and sometimes that entertainment comes not with clothes, but with words spoken by people who’ve had an impact on the industry. Whether it’s Coco Chanel and her worldly wisdom, Victor Ajusie, talking about his long-lasting love for make-up. He is an outstanding Make-up artist, Presenter and a lover of Great designers like Marc Jacobs & Simon Doonan.
This are photos of the Nigerian Top Make-up artist; Presenter & Actor. VICTOR AJUSIE
Looking adorable on the Bur Berry blazers during one of presenting outings.
Amazing V.A causing all the ladies drip endlessly during one of his recent event held in Port Harcourt early last month.
V.A. standing close to one his great jobs that gave him an award on cake making.