“Plastic trousers with a great high heel and a jacket!” Victoria Beckham’s penchant for tight black vinyl pants was reignited during lockdown—she was brandishing a pair in a preview of her resort collection at her west London head office last week. The reason this notion might have occurred to a designer who’d been working from the idyll of her back garden in the Cotswolds might have been instantly surmised by Spice Girls’ aficionadas of the ’90s.
Because on July 4th, her husband, David, posted a romantic 21st wedding anniversary Instagram message beneath a clip of the Spice Girls’ 1996 hit “Say You’ll be There.” In it Victoria (then-aka Posh Spice) dances in a shiny black all-in-one, causing her future husband to declare to a soccer bro, “Ohhhh like that one in the little black catsuit.”
Victoria Beckham didn’t mention this connection as she whisked the plastic pants back on the rail, but she does believe that the women who buy her label will have a lot of pent-up desire for partying by the time this collection arrives. “When we started to work on resort, we knew the first drop was going to be in December. And we thought, well, by then everyone’s going to be out of their leggings, and actually want to get dressed and go out.”