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Victoria's top of the frocks....again
By Bairbre PowerThursday Jul 15 2010
VICTORIA Beckham has proved conclusively that she is in fashion design for the long haul.
Her latest figure-hugging frocks were one of the highlights of the Brown Thomas autumn/winter designer collection unveiled yesterday.
Now in her fifth season, the former Spice Girl yesterday attracted as much interest as established couturiers such as Stella McCartney, Phoebe Philo and the late Alexander McQueen, whose final creative work -- including a great grey jacket -- was on show.
You've heard of trophy wives, well, Victoria has unleashed a limited edition of trophy frocks, guaranteed to bring out more intense rivalry among the ladies-who-lunch set and social butterflies, eager to bag the dress of the season.
All eyes were on the nude floor-length draped dress which closed the 72-piece show.
The show-stopper clings in all the right places and then falls into a delicious puddle of liquid silk jersey and features a pretty 3D grosgrain embroidered belt. Reminiscent of 1930s Hollywood glamour, only one will be sold here with a price tag of €2,495, so it's a case of watching the August social pages to see which lady got to the hanger first.
Brown Thomas has increased its VB buy by 50pc this season and among the consignment of 80 coveted frocks -- which cost from €1,105 to €3,500 -- was a red, body-hugging dress (€1,275) in dense rib featuring her signature full-length zip at the back and fold-neck detail. There was also a shimmering corset dress with asymmetric shoulder in eye-popping, double-sided metallic jacquard (€2,495).
The silver and gold dress sent one would-be bride into a tail spin.
"Victoria was very involved when we went to buy the collection," said Brown Thomas fashion director Shelley Corkery. "She came and talked about the dresses and the collection and ate macaroons."
Shelley maintains the first three purchases for the sassy shopper for autumn-winter will be the tailored suit, a white shirt and a trench coat.
D&G's sexy version falls above the knee, while the affordable 'Michael by Michael Kors' diffusion range features a camel wool trench coat with gold buttons.
To the wish list, I would add a digital print dress from Mary Katrantzou, the young Greek designer and St Martin's graduate who caused a sensation at London Fashion Week, and her dresses feature trompe l'oeil jewels, with emeralds and amethysts that almost wink at you like a face.
The stick-thin Mrs Beckham eats macaroons?
That was the biggest surprise of the day but she's a lady who is kind to women "who like their dinner" and the mother-of-three features body-shaping corsetry in the architecture of her dresses, which can take inches off and help create that pared-down, hourglass figure.
After seasons of domination by the dress, trousers are making a comeback this season, with tailoring to the fore and lots of trench coats and parkas will be finding their way into our wardrobes.
Phoebe Philo, who used to be Stella McCartney's design assistant at Chloe, proves her genius at Celine and her two-tone dresses in contrasting colours and fabrics went straight on to many 'must-have' lists.
New labels to the store include Donna Karan's mainline collection which is stuffed with drop-dead gorgeous, sophisticated black dresses.
Our love affair with 'Mad Men', '60s-inspired retro refuses to go away and Balenciaga's tweed suit and Chloe's collarless charcoal wool coat with concealed buttoning and seven-eights sleeves would have been instant hits with style icons Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O.
Traditional tailoring has timeless appeal for men who will be back wearing three-piece suits.
Key colours to watch are grey, navy and camel.
- Bairbre Power
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