Victoria Beckham’s Painful Ride to Fashion Week
Love her or hate her, you can’t help but admire Victoria Beckham. One fifth of the world’s most successful girl band. A doting mother of four. Wife to an international footballing legend. Author. Charity fundraiser. And, lest we forget, her latest role as one of the most successful new fashion designers of her generation. Yep, Victoria Beckham’s got it all – but, she’s worked her teeny, weeny butt off to get to where she is now.
Currently making feverish last minute adjustments to her eponymous seventh season collection, which will debut at New York Fashion Week at the city’s Public Library on September 11, rumours had emerged that Victoria wouldn’t actually be able to get out of bed to make it to her own show, after suffering a slipped disc as she delivered new daughter, Harper Seven, by ceserean section two months ago.
But, the rumour mill ground sharply to a halt, when Victoria was spotted out walking with hubby David and her new daughter in a pair of her trademark sky-high heels just days ago. And, while medics had ordered Victoria to wear flat shoes, insisting her beloved heels would pose too much of a risk to her fragile condition, the 37-year old, described as a ‘trouper’ by those closest to her, proved that nothing – not even an agonising slipped disc – would stop her from making it to fashion week on a Louboutin-induced high. “Victoria’s had a tough few weeks” spilled a source. “She was in a lot of pain, and was even struggling to hold Harper. But she did what the doctor said, ditched the heels for a while, and now she’s got the all clear to attend Fashion Week. It’s full steam ahead for New York.”
Victoria’s tireless work ethic is well known in the industry. In the three years since the former pop star launched her own line, her name has become synonomous with determined ambition and unwavering dedication to her second biggest love – fashion. “I’m proudest of my babies” Victoria reveals. “But this – designing clothes - is my passion. For me, it isn’t work, it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.”
One of the industry’s most unexpected success stories – she was mocked by many who didn’t believe that a pop star could rival the talents of a classically trained fashion designer – Victoria has silenced her critics, garnering an impressive selection of industry expert fans, including Chanel’s Karl Lagerfeld and American Vogue’s Anna Wintour, whilst seducing an array of celebrity clients from across the globe with her impeccably made dresses, coats and accessories.
But, with six seasons under her belt, and her seventh just hours away from being scrutinised by the most fastidiously ferocious eyes in the business, Victoria’s commitment to her fashion line is unending. “I’m a control freak, and I drive myself mad, but that’s just the way I am,” says Victoria. “Even while pregnant, I’ll squeeze myself into my dresses because I’ve got to see how things feel.”
Spending ten hours a day in her Battersea studio finalising designs before heading to LA where she gave birth to her longed-for daughter on July 10, Victoria admits that balancing family and career isn’t always easy. “As any working mum out there knows, it really is like juggling glass balls when you’ve got the kids and a husband to look after, and you’re passionate about your career. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m blessed.”
Being blessed is one thing. But having quantifiable fashion talent is another. And, Victoria is well aware that diversifying is the key to keeping her collections as successful and well received as they have been. “There are some exciting projects coming up” says Victoria, who spent the last days leading up to her show hanging out with her newly expanded family on a relaxed shopping trip in LA. “We’ll be launching something new at the show which I am just thrilled about.”
And, while Victoria remains tight lipped about her secret project, insiders suggest that the British fashionista’s news will have her less-than-flush VB collection fans jumping up and down in their six-inch heels. “She’s going to be showcasing her new line, simply called Victoria” revealed a source. “It’s a cheaper collection aimed at younger women, which she’ll debut at her show in New York.” But with so much effort put into her ‘lucky seventh’ line, is there any chance of brand Beckham getting any down time soon? “I can’t” says Victoria. “I’m just like any other working mum out there. Busy!”