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Victoria Beckham Goes Back to School with her New Graphic Tee

The British designer shows her playful, family-oriented side.

The British designer shows her playful, family-oriented side.

Victoria Beckham has gone back to kindergarten basics for the design of her new graphic tee. “It pays tribute to the sketches and doodles of things that you might find on a school leaver shirts,” she says.

The item—which features embroidered graffiti-style phrases like “Miss you,” “Big love,” and “Kiss, kiss, ciao, ciao” on a loose form—is a far departure from the ultra-tight LBDs that she wore when she toured the globe as Posh Spice. Indeed, since she left entertainment and put all her efforts into her eponymous brand, Beckham has eased up, showing collections chock full of tailored suits in pastel colors, billowy silk blouses and oversized, origami-style knits.

She became part of contingent of female designers—Phoebe Philo at Celine, Stella McCartney, and Clare Waight Keller at Chloé and now Givenchy—who have set the trend for relaxed luxury daywear, where looking sexy and empowered isn’t limited to showing skin and wearing ankle-breaking heels. For these women designers and their devoted customers, jeans and a simple illustrated shirt can elicit the same vibe and then some. “Everything on it means something to me; messages that I’ve written to friends and family over the years—or projects that I’ve worked on, like the mimosa flower, the symbol of International Women’s Day,” she says.

The insignia on a shirt can provide insight into the personality of the wearer. Given that Beckham is her own best customer, it’s easy to guess from this particular design that her values center around her family, promoting women’s rights, and just having fun with clothes.

The Victoria Beckham Graffiti Embroidered Tee is priced at $295 and available on the brand’s online platform.

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