It’s been a good couple of days for Victoria Beckham, who followed up her much-anticipated beauty launch with a London Fashion Week show that was so well-received that the designer was visibly emotional when she emerged at the end.
Set in the light-filled, rather grand environs of London’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office in Whitehall, it was a stately backdrop for a relaxed collection - easy-breezy crepe-de-chine dresses wafted down the runway, held up by the slightest of spaghetti straps, while beautiful suiting in biscuit and buttermilk tones was spliced with searing pops of aqua, purple and pink, adding zing to a ‘70s bourgeois-chic mood.
Outside stood Extinction Rebellion - a group of protesters who could possibly win awards for the most civilised activism ever - but nonetheless served to remind the queueing industry folk exactly how damaging the fashion industry is. “You are wearing the manifestation of today’s denial,” was one clarion call, spoken (calmly) through a megaphone, as others stood with placards explaining how many litres of water it takes to make one cotton T-shirt. (2,700, if you’re interested).
There’s no denying that Extinction Rebellion have a point. And while there’s a long way to go, the fashion industry is championing sustainability and meaningful change more than ever before. Ironically, VB is one of those brands - her beauty line is clean, with its secondary packaging made from 100 per cent post-consumer waste. It might not be perfect - but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.