Style Icon: Victoria Beckham
She invaded our lives as one-fifth of one of the biggest all-girl groups to ever exist, the Spice Girls. She was the Posh one, always in sky-high heels and daring dresses. While at the height of her success, she married the most well-known soccer star in the world and gave us a whole knew vision of a soccer mom. Victoria Beckham was always the tame one during her time with the Spice Girls. She let her classic style stand out in the wild sea of hair, platforms and accessories worn by her band mates. Today, Beckham is not only known for her past musical success but also as a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world.
Hardly ever a fashion miss on the red carpet, Beckham’s every day style is what garners the most attention. She has a long list of designers she loves, but is frequently seen wearing her own clothes. Since giving birth to her youngest and only daughter, Beckham’s look has softened. Her style remains classic with edgy details, but soft dresses, flowing hair and breezy tops have also found their way into her wardrobe. One of the most talked about items she has worn is a whimsical cat-print dress from her Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection. Paired with high-heeled platforms and a structured black bag Beckham showed that fun prints could be worn in a grown-up, sophisticated way. She also loved the print so much that she had a smaller version made for her daughter.
At a Fendi dinner in Milan a few years ago she wore a gorgeous low-neck red dress from her high-end clothing line, and the dress had an exquisite fit. While both of her clothing lines have been great successes it come as no surprise to learn that the very shy Beckham had not mentioned to many people in her circle of friends that she was starting her own collection. In a recent interview she discussed her good friend and fellow designer Marc Jacobs’ reaction to learning she was moving onto fashion and how surprised he was that she hadn’t told him. Another look that shows off her sophisticated, stylish but simple sense of style was the dress she wore to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. At the time pregnant with her daughter, Beckham had been one of the people aside from the bride that the public was eager to see. When she appeared she did not disappoint with a billowing navy-colored dress, black platforms and a beautiful matching fascinator.
Along with her husband Beckham heads up The Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust. The main goal of the trust is to provide support to different charities fighting for sick and disabled children. Beckham also supports numerous other charities including the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Malaria No More. She has donated wardrobe pieces so they could be auctioned off to raise money. As a mother of four it is easy to see why causes that affect the well being of young children are held close to her heart and in 2009 she received an award recognizing her as a mother who fights to make a difference.
While she started off as a popstar, Beckham has evolved into not only a fashion icon but of the most celebrated fashion designers in the world. Her clothes can be seen on everyone and she makes no secret of the pride she feels when she sees fellow superstars in her designs. While she leads a busy life with her work and her children, her desire to be involved with charities that benefit children give us an insight into the kind of woman that she is: talented, intelligent and working hard to have it all.