Meeting Victoria Beckham, who is visibly buzzing after her ten-year anniversary show at London Fashion Week, is like attending an audience with the Queen. No one makes me more nervous than VB. After all, she taught my entire generation to celebrate, and crucially, respect Girl Power.
However, this Queen’s crown jewel is a visually arresting collection of contrasts, from floor sweeping show-stopping gowns to optic white suits. But the overall vibe of the show and the woman herself is remarkably relaxed and at ease. Barely holding back her sheer joy about her show, the designer exclaims: “I am so I’m excited, I’m emotional, I’m very tired, I’m a little bit delirious but I’m super happy!”
As we sit backstage, the artist formally known as Posh Spice, reveals the clothing commandments she has learnt from a decade in design and why if she can achieve her dreams, anyone can…
JOSH NEWIS-SMITH: What have you learnt about being a girl boss from a decade of design?
VICTORIA BECKHAM: An enormous amount, I’ve had to learn on the job, if you like. I’ve surrounded myself with the right people, I’ve been very honest and very focused. The collections are always very honest to me, my customer and ultimately, it’s about my customer. That’s why this season, it’s not about ‘THE Woman’ it’s about ‘WOMEN’ – it’s about celebrating women. I realised over the last ten years that I’ve got lots of codes going on, so I wouldn’t say this collection is retrospective in any way. Looking back to my previous ten years the clothes are really strong, whether that’s masculine vs. feminine, whether it’s colour palette or wardrobe – so there are strong codes in this collection, but it still feels new, fresh and elevated. There’s lots of new techniques, lots of new fabrics, a great new casting – oh my god, it’s so great – I wanted to cry when I saw the girls in my clothes.
JNS: Throughout your whole career, you have been such a powerful role model for women – what advice would you want to impart to young people out there?
VB: To embrace who you are. I’ve always said it since I was really young with the Spice Girls, it’s okay to be different and when people tell you no, you say, ‘actually, yes!’ You keep going and you believe in yourself. You can never dream too big. I was never the popular girl at school and I never found anything easy and I was told, ‘no’ constantly. If I can do it then anyone can do it, you’ve just got to work hard, and you’ve got to surround yourself with the right people. I’m still so excited – I love what I do.
JNS: What would you say to the you of ten years ago?
VB: I would just say, ‘enjoy the journey’. I have enjoyed the journey, I wake up everyday and pinch myself. I really have enjoyed the last ten years. I’ve learnt an enormous amount. I’m surrounding myself with the best professionals in the industry and I can learn. I would say just enjoy it and work hard and I’ve done that anyway.
JNS: What do you hope for the legacy of Victoria Beckham, the brand?
VB: I want to give my customer what she wants. I hope to be known as somebody who really does embrace, ‘The Woman’ and make her feel good, make her feel powerful and make her feel like the best version of herself – make her feel special, make her feel feminine, make her feel sexy – in an intelligent way.
JNS: What would say are clothing commandments you have learnt over the last ten years?
VB: I would say dress in the way that you feel comfortable, the way that suits you, be honest with yourself but also have fun with fashion. I mean, look at some of the looks I’ve shown throughout the years – and that’s OKAY! You can have fun with fashion. It’s a journey, don’t be afraid to express yourself and express your personality. That’s what’s been so good about this t-shirt campaign, which I love – that I shot with Juergen Teller – I think it shows personality and a sense of humour.
I take what I do very, very seriously but you can have fun as well, you can’t take yourself too seriously. So, get your t-shirts on and send your pictures. I have to say, people have been tagging themselves with my t-shirts on and I see EVERYTHING, and they are fantastic. I have been howling, it has kept me entertained this week.
JNS: Have the kids tried out the t-shirts yet, have you got a squad pic of them?
VB: No but that’s a good idea, I should do that!