Victoria Beckham’s autumn 2015 New York fashion week collection officially began at 10am on Sunday morning inside Cipriani’s in downtown Manhattan. Mint teas on silver trays greeted guests escaping the frigid -9C outside, and family Beckham – coiffed and in monochrome – snapped selfies on the front row.
But, in reality, the show started a few days earlier when the designer was photographed by paparazzi at JFK airport slinking through the arrivals lounge wearing camel trousers with a belted side detail and a leopard holdall.
A hint to those looking for early clues as to her collection.
In an aspirin-white venue, with a spotless gleaming catwalk, British model Edie Campbell opened the show in a cocoon-like crepe jacket, a ruffled canvas shirt, and slouchy black short-trouser hybrids that hit just below the knee.
Backstage, Beckham wore a similar outfit – a white shirt with rolled sleeves, tucked into culotte-length black trousers.
In the past, Beckham’s own outfit has been watched as an indication of her collection and this contrasted to the skinny jean and T-blouse worn for her last end-of-show bow in February.
More relaxed, she had even been spotted before the show in the uncharacteristically casual outfit of grey marl T-shirt, boyfriend jeans and white trainers. The shift suggests Beckham – that mistress of glamour – may be loosening up a little.
What was on the runway threatened to be overshadowed by a dress-wearer front row centre. Harper, Beckham’s two-year-old daughter, wore a pleated eau de nil dress – Baby Chloe, according to front row sources – and sandy mocassins. Perched on husband David’s lap, and eliciting smiles from seatmate Anna Wintour, Harper watched the models process by and applauded on cue at the end of the show.