Legends

VICTORIA BECKHAM

Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh
Photo: Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh

Victoria Beckham.

Where to begin with Victoria Beckham.

Well I guess I’ll start off by saying, she is one of the most inspirational, admirable, goal-driven idols of mine, and I have so much respect for her. Because she ranks so high on my list of legends, I thought it’d be fitting to feature her as my very first “LEGEND”.

Do you guys remember Rock & Republic jeans? I remember I was obsessed with these jeans in elementary school, maybe grade 7 or grade 8? The Juicy Couture tracksuit phase was passing, and all the girls were obsessing over these jeans well into the first year of high school (this was pre- “Abercrombie” and “Hollister”). Then these jeans got even more “cool” because Victoria Beckham announced her collaboration with this denim company, and launched her limited edition collection called VB Rocks x RnR!

Oh how we loved those low-cut denims with the embroidered crowns on the butt pockets. But in all honesty, her collaboration with Rock & Republic jeans wasn’t very popular world-wide. My friends and I were obsessed with it only because she was a Spice Girl, and it was “cool” to wear her jeans. 

Even having dipped a toe in the fashion design pool with the launch of her not-so-successful collaborative denim line, no one could have ever predicted Beckham would one day become one of the leading female designers in fashion history.

Her style wasn’t the… well… it wasn’t always ideal. Looking back at Victoria Beckham’s style, it’s really quite interesting, and it even makes me wonder, how on earth did this woman turn into THIS legend who we know and love today?! I don’t believe I ever liked her style as a Spice Girl, nor would I have been able to pull off half the things she wore. Like, who wears ripped vinyl and spandex fabrics on the daily? Only Posh Spice. Or only on Halloween, and maybe not even then! She deserves a standing ovation just for leaving all those stretchy, polyester, costume fabrics in the past.

Courtesy of Gabrielle Teare
Courtesy of Gabrielle Teare

When Victoria Beckham dropped the news to the world that she was releasing her very own fashion line, everybody had doubts. Everyone that mattered in the fashion world already had their opinions of what she would bring to the table, and none of them were positive. I mean think about it… She would be competing with major fashion houses like Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and the list goes on. Her celebrity status as “Posh” from the Spice Girls was a major setback for her, and it was the one label she had been struggling to escape from the most.

Photo: Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images
Photo: Ray Burmiston/Photoshot/Getty Images

Now, before some of you freak out on me and say “what’s wrong with Posh Spice” or “what’s wrong with being a Spice Girl”, let me stop you. Obviously there’s nothing wrong with the Spice Girls. They were everything to me when I was growing up! I had my hair like Baby Spice all the time, loved platform shoes (even as a kid), my room was decorated with Spice Girls posters, and I even had a Baby Spice barbie. I still love them, and will always love them.

It’s just that high fashion means serious business, and it’s extremely competitive to launch a successful collection, even for people who have extraordinary talent and education backing them up. For Victoria Beckham, it was harder for her because she had to overcome the stigma of a “celebrity” launching a fashion line.

But guess what?

She did it.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Victoria Beckham and her team actually managed to build a widely successful international fashion brand.

In the Fall of 2008, Beckham held a small, low-profile viewing of her capsule 15-piece collection for Spring/Summer 2009. She only invited a handful of the most influential buyers and editors to her show, and all walked in with very minimal expectations. To everyone’s utter shock, Beckham blew them away and left them all in awe. Her collection was simply too beautiful, classy, and elegant, and no one saw this coming, not even Anna Wintour.

She even showcased her collection the way designers used to back in the day in their original ateliers. In a stunning, French-inspired, closed venue in New York City, Victoria Beckham proudly presented each of her creations, describing her vision with every single dress to the attendees. She stood in front of the intimidating crowd of masterminds and the most critical of critics, and pointed out every detail, every stitching, down to the modest hemlines, in a classic professional manner.

Her very first collection was a reflection of Victoria’s armour like style that proved she meant business and was on a mission to become a powerhouse.

Leading up to her big debut as a serious fashion designer, her personal style had evolved into a very minimally chic, figure-hugging, below-the-knee hemline style — and this new-found distinctive personal style was very much reflected throughout her collection. The 15 dresses from her capsule collection were immediately recognizable as a signature Victoria Beckham.

Only 400 dresses were made from her very first Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear Collection, and they were all destined to be a sellout!

I remember watching her Skype documentary that came out in 2014, and that’s when I completely fell in love with Victoria Beckham and her strong work ethic.

“Most evenings, I’m curled up in front of Skype, in my dressing gown, speaking with my studio in London,” she said in 2010. “I travel a lot; my team travels a lot, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m very proud to be British; my brand is British, and I’m very proud of that.”  – VB

She is an extraordinary designer. It’s so inspiring to see someone who had no schooling or education in design, simply be driven by the power of passion to achieve a goal and succeed, and in turn, actively change their own path for dreams to turn into reality.

Photo: Courtesy of Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder
Photo: Courtesy of Victoria Beckham and Estee Lauder

If you haven’t seen her documentary yet, I highly recommend it (watch here). It shines a completely different light on who Victoria Beckham is, and she deserves nothing but respect for all her achievements and accomplishments.

Marc Jacobs once said to her, “All you have to remember is, it has to be the best quality, because then people can say they don’t like it, but they can’t say it’s not good.

I think this is one very important advice she took to heart.

Beckham takes it upon her to oversee all productions and design aspects herself, which is unlike most celebrity-designed products. By doing so, she has triumphantly parlayed her personal profile into a high quality fashion brand.

She told T magazine, “I absolutely want an empire”, and I think we can all agree she is not far from acquiring just that.

Photo: Getty Images
Photo: Getty Images

Have you always loved Victoria Beckham?
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xx CC

source: Business of Fashion, Fortune, Marie Claire, Mirror, Subtense, The Guardian, Vogue

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