British high fashion isn’t afraid of bold patterns and bright colors (you’ve seen Absolutely Fabulous, right?), but the families of both Cindy Crawford and Victoria Beckham showed up to the Fashion Awards in London, one of British fashion’s biggest nights, in uniforms of almost all black. It’s not exactly like one of the first families of American style and their British counterparts were precisely matchy-matchy, but look closely and the similarities are uncanny.
Both moms, Cindy and Victoria, showed up in floor-length black gowns that emphasized their shoulders and arms (although Crawford’s also came with a slit to show off a leg).
Both dads, Rande Gerber and David Beckham, showed up in black suits with an open collar in lieu of a tie. Beckham, however, opted for a double-breasted jacket with a white shirt, while Gerber went a bit more American with a black shirt and a single-breasted jacket.
Both families’ eldest sons, Brooklyn Beckham and Presley Gerber, opted for suits that subtly set them apart from their fathers. Beckham went with a traditional white shirt and black tie, while Gerber went with a black tee and thin silver chain.
It was Kaia Gerber who proved to be the sole exception. Though her outfit still had black as a base color, it was the metallic ornamentation that made it pop. Perhaps it was a coordinated effort by the Gerbers, as Kaia was the star of the night, after all: She was nominated for model of the year. We should note, however, that Victoria was nominated as well, for British designer of the year in women’s wear.
The fact that both families showed up together in all-black was also particularly striking considering how colorful the rest of the red carpet was. For reference, take a look at Georgia May Jagger, who showed up in a hot-pink suit with brand-new hot-pink hair. Her BFF Suki Waterhouse was on her arm in pastel yellow.
Jagger’s mother and sister, Jerry Hall and Elizabeth Jagger, arrived separately to the event, and in decidedly non-monotone looks. So it certainly wasn’t a mandate that all fashion families show up in a matching shade.
No matter the side of the Atlantic, it does appear that many fashionable families know black is an easy coordinating color. The biggest surprise, perhaps, is that Victoria Beckham decided to let her family dress in all black in the first place. Last year, she confided to The Telegraph that she herself was a bit sick of always wearing the darkest shade, and was really enjoying mixing it up with color from time to time.
“I used to wear a lot of black, so I would never understand why certain people used to say, ‘You need to wear color.’ I just thought black was great but now I really enjoy wearing color. When I see pictures of myself in color it feels fresh and more useful,” she said. “I’m in a great position because I can see pictures of myself and learn from what I see.”