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Victoria Beckham presents stunning dresses at posh affair

The fireplace blazed at an upper eastside mansion where Victoria Beckham personally greeted some two dozen members of the press. This was not a frenzied celeb happening but instead a thoughtful presentation of 26 stunning dresses, each earnestly described by Beckham.

Her inspiration this season? Forties style Dick Tracy shapes and colors, combined with a Martha Graham-like fluidity. The result was a series of disciplined, beautifully cut and draped pieces that were seductive yet restrained. Some were meant for perfect bodies (Beckham will wear one of these to the Oscars, a tan liquid silk jersey job). Others were more forgiving (think Jennifer Hudson in Beckham at the Grammys).

A gown in vivid sapphire blue was, said, Beckham, “the sexiest,” in the collection though it was neither tight nor revealing. There were stellar black dresses, one, she called a “black orchid” because of its gathered hem, and her own personal favorite, a tan blurred pixel print -- cloud-like.

Graphic platformed stilettos by Brian Atwood -- some dyed-to-match -- went with everything. Also quite nice, butlers serving coffee and sweets by chef Gordon Ramsey.

Got to say it, all in all, a thoroughly posh affair.

PHOTOS: Victoria Beckham Fall 2010 runway looks

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