Victoria Beckham shoes and safari chic in New York

Victoria Beckham shoes and safari chic in New York

NEW YORK - Spice Girl turned footballer's wife turned respected designer Victoria Beckham on Sunday unveiled her latest collection at New York Fashion Week, showcasing safari chic and her first ever shoe line.

Husband David, popular in the United States thanks to his retail underwear line and footballing career at LA Galaxy, sat in the front row next to English editor-in-chief of Vogue Anna Wintour.

But while the whole family turned out for her 2014 fall/winter show, there was no sign of the couple's three younger children - only eldest child Brooklyn, 15, who earlier this year made his modeling debut.

Victoria said the imminent opening of her first flagship store in London had "inspired and pushed" her "to focus on the DNA of my brand more than ever."

Long a fan of a very precise, tailored silhouette, her spring/summer 2015 collection showcased safari chic.

There were mini-dresses with boxy pockets, hopsack style, a long, belted coat, shirts with shoulder pads and a black jacket with shoulder pads worn over a soft, long white dress with wide black stripes at the bottom.

From safari to florals

There were also some floral prints, a rarity for Beckham.

She said she wanted to create "an eclectic uniform in the form of an exact yet wearable wardrobe that embodies the evolution of the collection."

But the chatter after the show was about her shoe collection: towering platform black sandals edged with beige, and white leather flats decorated with flowers.

"I have designed the show shoes under my own name in my London atelier for the first time," she said.

"Creating all the elements of the collection under one roof enabled me to complete and strengthen the silhouette and this has been key in the design journey for me."

Beckham was the first show on day four of New York Fashion Week, following US star Alexander Wang and the French-born Joseph Altuzarra on Friday night.

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