Fashion from the Fall 2012 collection of Victoria Beckham is...

Fashion from the Fall 2012 collection of Victoria Beckham is modeled on Sunday in New York. (Feb. 12, 2012) Credit: AP

How civilized! There were steaming cups of herbal tea for the press pre-Victoria Beckham, who held her show at the New York Public Library early Sunday morning for a small group of media. In a loooong, dark cavernous room with a wide-plank wood runway, Beckham presented a sharply edited collection designed, she wrote in notes, “to create an emotional attachment between the garment and the wearer. The idea of how the body can connect to the clothes through their construction and detail fascinates me.”

There were those signature second-skin dresses – talk about connecting to the wearer – in emerald, khaki, claret and eggplant. Some of these had contrasting horizontal stripes or fabric insets. Most had the Beckham zipper running up the back all were beautifully constructed.

There were new silhouettes, too, in the form of short – almost naughty – precisely tailored school-girlish dresses. and while Beckham is known for ladylike looks, these were worn with tough Louboutin combat boots.

But details – many military ones (an early chopper sountrack heralded this) – in the form of strong shoulders, gold buttons and epaulets starred here.

These garnished a fair share of looks, including sexy sleeveless numbers, an unexpected touch -- really great. For textural interest, Beckham used a bit of python here and there – a man-tailored collar attached to a dress – a lining in one of several terrific coats.

Handsome hubby David Beckham, a surprise attendee, who videoed the whole shebang, sat front row next to Vogue’s Anna Wintour, and baby girl Harper was somewhere in the back. We caught a glimpse of her before the show and the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree(s) ... adorable.