Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Victoria Beckham - queen of the runway?

Vogue Festival - Victoria Beckham

Trending over twitter at the weekend were stories about the Vogue Festival which, if I'm honest, I never knew existed. But what a great concept, if you're an extreme fashionista. A rare opportunity to at least get a glimpse of your fave fashion celeb discussing fashion topics, with the likes of Katherine Hamnett, Daisy Lowe and the one and only Victoria Beckham.

Describing her interview on the Vogue website she showed her 'famous sharpwit and self-effacing humour'. Which made me think, as a country we're not particularly VB friendly. Yes, she is not a public smiler, but I don't think I would be if I constantly had a camera in my face everywhere I went. Is it because she has nabbed arguably one of THE most HANDSOME men from the UK, no no, the WORLD, better yet THE PLANET?!
Or is it the green eyed monster in us all because from the outset she appears to have it ALL - beautiful children, (and afore mentioned hubby), world wide fame for the most popular girl band of this century and to top it all a very blossoming, successful fashion career?
She has built brand Beckham on a global scale and is now channeling her energies in taking over the fashion world.

I know we judge, but should we? We, by we I mean the mere public, have not met this woman, so on what basis can we form an opinion?

I think we need to take a step back and appreciate the respect this woman deserves from her sheer strength she has endured throughout her time in the public eye.

Now, let's face it, she did not come into this world, or our TV screens, the sharply dressed, immaculately presented woman we see in the glossy's these days. Which kinda makes me warm to her even more. Yes the 90's were not the greatest to her too - damn that matte brown lippy trend we all tried, and failed to pull off. Cropped tops, mini skirts and hair straightened within an each of its life, you know you've all tried the Posh Spice look.
Becoming the first WAG, her style evolved from teenage pop princess to, hmm, how to put politely, stylish tack? Is that a bit harsh, maybe but for me brash blonde hair, 'boob implants, constant per-ma tan and skin tight clothing ain't no fashion icon in my eye. Queue the love affair with hair extensions, adopted cap and baggy jeans - still not there yet Victoria!
Fast forward a few years then we see the making of the fashion icon she has now become. I think when most people heard the news she was dipping her toe in the fashion world, a few gasps, maybe giggles or plain old negativity set in. She has proved us all, including hard to please critics, wrong. Now in her 5th year of showing at New York fashion week, she has gone from strength to strength, almost now considered a 'proper' designer. Who would have thought it? 
With several high brow cover shoots - Vogue and ID, modelling for Elle, taking a turn on the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel, VB slowly became a figure of fashion rather than another washed up pop star.
Now, her collections aren't particularly to my taste but I can definitely appreciate the style, design and workmanship put into the clothes, to the point where I'm sure her runway show is much more eagerly anticipated....what will her collection bring next? She's up-scaled and definitely matured from her first collection, winning awards for Designer Brand of the Year 2011 and WGSN Fashion Achievement Award in 2012.  Who better then to have as a public speaker at the Vogue Festival? She is definitely an inspiration to me, anyone who can hold down a successful career and devote so much attention to their children should be hailed as a bloody brilliant woman! 
I will be eagerly awaiting her stand alone store right here in London, not so much for the collection, well maybe a little, but more for her design spin on a shop, that's where I think true designers bring their brand to life.....

Early days - Posh Spice

Hhmm - not my favourite phase

Modelling for Elle Magazine

Still needing to step away from the fake tan

First catwalk show - Maria Grachvogel

Rocking the pixie chop

Stylish mum

Pregnant and sassy!

Campaign shoot for Armani

Snippets from her SS13 & AW13 runway shows

Cover model a la Vogue

Talking at Vogue Festival
Photos by Getty & Style.com

 What's your view on Victoria Beckham - love, hate, indifferent?

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