A couple of months ago the Times asked if Victoria Beckham was for real, and today WWD responds with a definitive “yes.” Their Q&A with the former Spice Girl/current designer is chock full of interesting tidbits, which we’ve mapped out for those among you without a subscription. (When will WWD get rid of that pesky paywall? A different story for a different post, perhaps.)
The key to Beckham’s success in the fashion world has been conservative expansion:
We have grown as a business quite incredibly over the last five seasons. The first season, we made 400 pieces. This season, we’re up to 2,000 pieces, so we’ve worked at a slow but steady pace.
Her aesthetic has relaxed because she has relaxed:
I have really enjoyed loosening up the clothes because that’s what I want to wear now — that feels more modern. I appreciate that my customers still want a fitted Victoria Beckham dress. That is very much our signature silhouette, so each season we produce those dresses, but I want something that’s looser. Is it because I’m getting older? I don’t know. I think it’s just because it feels more modern, more comfortable, less uptight.
She is entirely focused on her work as a designer:
I think one of the big differences is that [Jennifer Lopez and Gwen Stefani] are predominantly actresses or singers, whereas this is what I do. I’m not doing anything else. This really is my passion. It’s my family, and it’s my design work—there’s nothing else there.
Victoria <3s Gaga:
I have a lot of respect that she can walk in those shoes going through airports. I mean, goodness, people think I dress up to go to an airport! I think she’s really doing her thing. That’s her. If I’m being completely honest, is it fair to say she may have become a little bit of a parody of herself? Is that fair to say? I don’t want to seem like I’m being negative in any way, because I have so much respect for her.
She hates crop tops! We do too!
I’m slightly freaked out by cropped tops. I think when you get above the age of about seven, you should not do that. It’s important to dress in an appropriate way for who you are and for your age.
Things we knew: Romeo is into fashion. Things we did not know: he has an American accent.
My middle one, Romeo, he absolutely loves fashion. And the other two, they know what I do. I think it’s a very important message to give to children, that both myself and David work.
They have American accents, which is really cute. They’re very happy at school. They have very nice friends. We love America; we’ve loved it from the minute that we arrived, so we have no plans on going back to the U.K. at all.
That’s right, the Beckhams are here to stay! The Los Angeles resident may even open a store in the Big Apple because, as she says, “New York sounds quite fabulous.”