Style Icon, Victoria Beckham, takes fashion by force. British blogger and Posh fan, Lexi Gagan, tells us a little about Victoria’s allure and what makes her achievements in England relevant in America. By Lexi Gagan
Victoria Beckham is a British fashion designer, style icon and a growing influence in the fashion world. Known for being the ‘Posh’ Spice Girl, Beckham has gone from the wife of international footballer David Beckham, to an emerging fashion industry force. Since the release of her Spring/Summer 2009 collection, her collections have received consistently strong appraisals. Her designs are best known for their confident simplicity and artful use of colour. “She takes conventional dresses and makes them stand out,” BritishVogue editor Alexandra Shulman said in 2010.
Beckham says that she, herself, is the target audience for her collections. “I never try to follow a trend or fashion; I just do what feels right. Everything I make–from glasses, to a handbag, to a dress– is something I would wear and carry myself,” she said at WWD’s Apparel and Retail CEO Summit in 2011. Her designs have gained a largely popular celebrity following and have been worn on the red carpet by stars such as Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, and Blake Lively.Her designs have also received the royal stamp of approval, with Princess Kate Middleton being frequently photographed in one of Beckham’s designs.
In 2011, Beckham won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards; beating the likes of Stella McCartney, Tom Ford and Burberry to the prize. Victoria Beckham’s rise to fame began in 1996 when she was a member of the Spice Girls, whose first single Wannabe was number one in over 30 countries. The Spice Girls were a global phenomenon and are the best selling female group of all time, selling over 75 million records worldwide.
The girls have recently reunited with the launch of ‘Viva Forever’ – which is a musical based on the Spice Girl story. To the disappointment of all Spice Girl fans, it is clear that Beckham’s interests has gone beyond the pop scene after she announced she will not be joining the other girls in their new debut tour.
A recent achievement for the fashionista is that Beckham, alongside Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Stella McCartney, Natalie Massenet and Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman have been named as some of the UK’s most influential women in BBCRadio 4’s Woman’s Hour 2013 Power List.
Victoria Beckham is a massive personality in Britain, and her influence is forever expanding.