So I could have filled today’s post with a look at a number of different designers, like Vivienne Westwood, date back to the Victorian era or I could have done a little bit of self-promo and make this post all about my collection and my work but I figured that there is a time and place for that. Besides who doesn’t love the story of the pop-star turned fashion designer tale?
Now I’m not saying she was a bad singer but it is quite clear that her talents certainly lie in the field of fashion. The designer we’re looking at today shares my initials and I while I wish we could share closets and bank accounts, I’m happy to just discuss her great work.
Today we take a quick look at the fashion career of…
Victoria Beckham : Style icon and Fashion designer
Victoria Adams Beckham was born on the 17th of April 1974 in Harlow, Essex and as we all know, started her career as a one of the five member of the band that formed my youth – The Spice Girls.
After the release of their third studio album in 2000, the Spice Girls called it quits and Victoria went on to experiment with a solo artist career before finding her true calling – as a fashion designer.
Victoria has had her hand in the fashion industry for 15 years already. She marked her debut as a model at London Fashion Week having made a guest appearance on the catwalk for Maria Grachvogel in 2000. She also acted as a British ambassador for Dolce and Gabbana and for a brief period was the face of Rocawear in 2003.
She first tried her hand at design when she designed a limited-edition fashion line for Rock & Republic called VB Rocks in 2004, which consisted mainly of jeans for the high-end of the market.
In January of 2006, Victoria modelled for Roberto Cavalli at Milan Fashion Week, and after that was for a short time exclusively dressed by the famous designer for red-carpet and social events. Victoria changed things up in March 2006 when she acted as fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, by styling her close friend, Katie Holmes, for a fashion shoot.
After her departure from Rock & Republic brand, in September of 2006, Victoria took charge of her career and furthered her fashion ventures by launching her own denim label, dvb Style. From there, June 2007, Victoria launched the dvb Denim collection in New York at Saks Fifth Avenue, along with unveiling her own range of eyewear in the United States for the first time. This successively led to the launch of her perfume range, which has featured gorgeous ad campaigns of herself and her hubby since the beginning. She also launched her own line of cosmetics “V-Sculpt” in Tokyo. Victoria has been on the cover of countless magazines and has truly become a style icon in her own right.
It was in September of 2008 that Victoria launched her self-titled label. By 2011, it had grown into a fixture of New York Fashion Week and a lower-priced Victoria by Victoria Beckham label was introduced. Known initially for its dresses, the range has expanded into separates and luxury handbags. Alongside the main fashion line and diffusion range, the Victoria Beckham brand still includes separate denim, eyewear and fragrance lines. In November 2011, Victoria Beckham won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.
In September 2012, Victoria Beckham was the most talked about designer on Twitter during New York Fashion Week, also acquiring 57,000 new followers during the shows according to research by The Whispr Group.
Victoria is the creative director of her clothing line and has dressed many of her famous friends, including Kate Winslet, Beyoncé, Cheryl Cole, Demi Moore, close friend Eva Longoria and so many more.
She has come a long way from her days as a Spice Girl and is now fully recognised and acknowledged for her incredible talent to create elegant clothing for elegant women. Her style has always been classic and chic, striving to design looks that are timeless and suitable for any occasion. We see below a look at her first S/S 2009 collection:
Since then she has grown so much as a designer. Her looks have become more natural and effortlessly chic. As seen below in items from her pre-S/S and S/S 2016 collections:
She has recreated her own look over and over and has ended up as the Posh that we know, love and aspire to be today.
“When I started out in fashion, everything had to be very structured and tight and controlling, and now I’m getting to a point where I think – I could wear a great big parka, that could be quite fabulous. I haven’t always got to show off my size, show off my shape. It’s a turning point for me.”
~ Victoria Beckham
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Thanks VB xx