LFW SS19 day 2: Victoria Beckham, Simone Rocha and Peter Pilotto
Who: Victoria Beckham celebrated the 10th anniversary of her namesake label by hosting the show in London—incidentally the first London show for the brand. Days leading up to the big day saw a slew of teasers on her Instagram, including a limited edition tee featuring an image shot by Juergen Teller for the occasion.
Where: The show was held in Thaddaeus Ropac gallery next to her Dover Street store, and she even had dibs on Piccadilly Circus with a livestream of her show on a huge LED digital screen in the morning.
The Low-down: Beckham played to her strengths for this collection, with pieces that are clean, languid, yet polished—pretty much what you'd find in the wardrobe of the entrepreneur herself. This season was "about celebrating women, and not just the Victoria Beckham woman, but all women. It’s what my customer wants to see." To wit, the clothes were styled beautifully, with vivid colour play and contrasting textures and lengths. British model Stella Tennant opened the show with a stunning white pantsuit with a striking obi belt, exuding an air of effortless ease that would come with the rest of the looks.
Buro loves: A blue lace-edged slip worn over camel wide trousers that made for the most unique colour combination possible, and chic knit dresses paired with split-hem pants.
Who: Simone Rocha drew inspiration from her very own heritage this season—her father's ancestry hails from Hong Kong.
Where: Portraits from the Tang dynasty was referenced heavily for the collection, from the dramatic veiled hats to the meticulous embroideries.
The Low-down: What's interesting was the specific nuances that Rocha built her collection based on. Case in point, the elaborate hairstyles that the Tang dynasty women had—those shapes made the motif of the clothes, including billowy, bubble-like frocks imprinted with portraits of concubines from that era. Heavy, black veils added a darker undertone to the collection, which was apt given that Rocha looked to traditional ancestral remembrance rituals for reference as well.
Buro loves: Floral tulle dresses were the less theatrical (and more wearable) pieces from the lineup, while all-black coats with sculptural sleeves worn over cuffed culottes oozed enigma.
Where: The Hilton in London, with tiki cocktails and champagne served to guests before the show began—alluding to the collection's theme.
The Low-down: For SS19, Peter Pilotto and Christopher de Vos went down the retro route by reinventing new-age disco pieces for the girl who knows how to party. The duo's foolproof formula gets a summery update with loud florals, iridescent fabrics, and look-at-me silhouttes. There's a certain finesse in the pieces, despite the occasion—metallic striped pantsuits come with tasseled belts, coat dresses sported wide lapels—bringing the '70s to mind, and one-shouldered frocks come with 3D florals that painted a lovely picture in motion.
Buro loves: A gold, pleated and ruffled maxi made for a summer evening soirée.
LFW SS19 day 2 in 10 pictures:
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