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Victoria Beckham's regal showcase

fashion-and-trends Updated: Feb 16, 2011 00:51 IST

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When Victoria Beckham launched her fashion label two and a half years ago, she would never have been allowed to get away with the clothes she showed on Sunday at the New York fashion week. The loose cashmere draping, the austere shapes and the downright difficult hemlines would have vexed both critics and potential customers.

“I’ve had to wait until now to do this,” she admitted. “People just wouldn't have understood it before.” But after five successful seasons, her critics silenced and Beckham can take her designs in whatever direction she likes. Her front-row side commentary and more intimate shows have inspired other designers in New York to scale back this season.

Kate MiddletonBeckham revealed that Kate Middleton’s people have requested a selection of dresses from her previous collection. If all goes well, she will be able to boast a royal seal of approval.

Each season the label adds a new element. At first, it was just dresses. Last season, came bags, and now, for the first time, winter coats. The new collection was all about loosening up. “I want to give women the freedom to look beautiful and to feel comfortable,” said Beckham.

(The Guardian)