On a drizzly Sunday morning, inside the Banqueting House of Whitehall, Victoria Beckham’s Autumn/Winter 2020 collection was presented on a mirrored runway, where Anna Wintour and Edward Enninful sat front row alongside the Beckham clan.
“This season I was thinking about the tension between refinement and rebellion,” she wrote in her show notes. This sartorial fine line was, in large part, the skirt hemline, which Beckham shortened from mid-calf to knee-high and paired with tall leather boots. The new template of dressing opened with a sequence of reimagined LBD outfits, shifting from lithe cocktail dresses to robust outerwear, and varying between high collars and deep-V necklines. Practical layering solutions were aplenty and communicated with a strong Bourgeois streak: English tweeds, checker prints, and knitwear worn over collared shirts provided an effortless mix of textiles and colour palettes. Beckham introduced new motifs of cut-out knitwear and balloon-sleeve dresses, adding range to the unwavering polish of her wardrobe-essentials.