In depth: Victoria Beckham
When Victoria Beckham launched her eponymous label in 2008, it was presented with a low-key runway show. Fast forward eight years and the fashion house is one of New York Fashion Week's staple shows.
With Fashion Month kicking off in the Big Apple on 10 February(16), we take a look at all things Victoria and her mega successful brand.
During her Spice Girls heyday Victoria went by the moniker Posh Spice, and she was known for her chic little black dresses and bobbed haircut. After the band split, Mrs Beckham went through some questionable fashion phases, including his and hers matching leather outfits with husband David and an array of teeny, tiny, mini dresses. Ironically, she has now reverted back to the tailored looks she was first known for.
Over the last eight years Victoria has had countless career highs. In 2010 she was nominated for her first British Fashion Award, but missed out on the honour when Mulberry was crowned the winner. She went home with gold a year later though, and she also won the coveted Brand award in 2014.
Victoria has also become the go-to designer for the A-list, with Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez and Blake Lively all on her roster. She's yet to dress her dream client, but Victoria has her sights firmly set on America's First Lady Michelle Obama. "I would love to dress Mrs. Obama absolutely, absolutely, absolutely! I just think she’s incredible and she’s a very strong woman and she’s beautiful," she previously gushed to InStyle.
She's getting close though, with Sarah Jessica Parker choosing a VB design to meet the president's wife.
In 2014 Victoria's fashion empire grew with the opening of her first stand alone store in London's swanky Dover Street. Style fans queued from the crack of dawn to be the first through the doors of the UK flagship store, with many gushing the impressive shop looked like an art gallery.
"For the first time, it’s my designs, my vision. This is how I feel the clothes should be showcased, how I like them to be seen. That’s been very exciting for me - to be able to buy what I believe the customer wants,” Victoria beamed to WWD at the time.
Her rise to the top hasn't been all plain sailing though; as well as many doubting her fashion credentials at the start of her venture, Victoria has been criticised for her use of skinny models during runway shows. She was slammed for sending a "parade of skeletons" down the catwalk during her Spring/Summer 16 show, but was quick to hit back at the condemnation. "They're young, they're thin, but that doesn't mean they're ill," Victoria said in an interview with the Telegraph. "Our casting director spoke to the (model) agencies, and we know that all our girls are healthy. People are mean on social media, whoever you are. It’s a shame people have to be that way."
Her Autumn/ Winter 16 show on 14 February (16) marks her first since the controversy, so critics and fans alike will be waiting to see what models she goes for this time. Whatever the outcome, her collection is sure to be a hit. She hasn't put a fashion foot wrong yet, and her A/W 16 collection is forecast to be full of her signature classic pieces, with both feminine and masculine elements added to proceedings. Her winter line also usually adds pops of colour against a more subdued pallet. Victoria also debuted shoes in 2014, so the runway will no doubt be awash with her own footwear.