The new collection by emerging womenswear label Victoria Charles is very confusing. With ten looks that addresses every outfit dilemma from a walk to the park to a walk to the aisle the editorial feels more like an ASOS catalogue than a carefully thought out collection.
The clothes seem largely inspired by evening and bridal wear. Specifically bridesmaids. The collection’s centre piece is an ensemble that consists of a gold embroidered short sleeved smock paired with a cream full length skirt appliqued with lamé applique and an exaggerated peplum sleeve made of tulle. Arguably the strongest look in a cache that quickly goes south.
The rest of the collection is no wear near as sleek as the centre piece look, we get a high-lo dress with uneven hems and bulky cloth flowers. We even get a sheer dress and with a truly disasteful satin gathered skirt that would have benefitted greatly from a steamer. Not to mention the other centre piece of the collection, a green jumpsuit with an overwheming skirt/train (we’re not quite sure what the designer was aiming for) that drowns the model. There is no singular thought to connect all the pieces of the collection together or give us an inkling to the inspirations or design process of the designer.
What truly does in the collection’s look book, are an off-white jumpsuit and an orange dress, both photographed only from behind. The poses and angles the models use are very unflattering to them and the clothes, and worse, there are no other images to give the potential buyer a proper grasp of what they are purchasing; none whatsoever. That kind of incompetence is truly abhorrent and speaks volumes against the label.
Victoria Charles has got a lot of ground to cover for this grand blunder to be forgotten.