Queen Vic­to­ria

TRANS­FORMED FROM A POP PRINCESS INTO FASHIONSHION ROYAROYALTY,ALTY, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham IS IN SIN­GA­PORE TO SHOWCASE HHER LAT­EST READY-TO-WEAR COL­LEC­TION. SHE TALKSS TO Dana Koh ABOUT FAM­ILY, PEO­PLE’S PRECONCEPTIONSONS AND HERR CA­REER AS A DE­SIGNER

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Fash­ions may fade, but Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s style is eter­nal—and per­pet­u­ally chang­ing. In the early 1990s, her name did not call to mind the so­phis­ti­cated woman that she is to­day. Look­ing el­e­gant in a sleek, knee-length, black shift dress, the for­mer Posh Spice has made a rad­i­cal trans­for­ma­tion and emerged as a de­signer— and de­finer—of a new brand of mod­ern min­i­mal­ism. This has gar­nered her the at­ten­tion and, more im­por­tantly, re­spect of fash­ion crit­ics and the style cognoscenti.

Not one to flaunt her fash­ion business wins as much as her per­fect pins, Beck­ham lets her awards speak for her. She took home the De­signer Brand gong at the Bri­tish Fash­ion Awards in 2011, beat­ing the likes of Tom Ford and Stella Mccart­ney, and BBC Ra­dio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List de­clared her one of the UK’S most in­flu­en­tial women of 2013. Business de­vel­op­ment-wise, Beck­ham re­cently launched her first stand­alone store—on Dover Street in London—and es­tab­lished an of­fice in New York, the re­sults of her brand’s suc­cess­ful re­tail­ing pres­ence in 400 stores world­wide.

On meet­ing Beck­ham, many are sur­prised that a woman of such stature stands at only 163 cen­time­tres tall. “I didn’t ex­pect her to be so pe­tite,” a guest ex­claims on see­ing her at the Artscience Mu­seum—the lo­ca­tion of a pri­vate pre­view of the de­signer’s pre-au­tumn 2014 and Icon col­lec­tions, hosted by Sin­ga­pore’s Ma­rina Bay Sands. Clad in a black dress of her own cre­ation that ac­cen­tu­ates her in­cred­i­bly sculpted physique, which is length­ened by the ad­di­tion of time­less pointed-toe pumps, Beck­ham ar­rives punc­tu­ally to kick-start the ex­clu­sive run­way showcase.

The mod­els be­gin their pa­rade in sharp, stream­lined dresses, in­clud­ing the pris­tine, white strap­less num­ber Beck­ham her­self wore

to the Met Gala 2014 in New York City. “I’ve per­fected that look,” Beck­ham com­ments, pok­ing fun at the stern ex­pres­sions on the mod­els’ faces. Through­out the pre­sen­ta­tion, she con­tin­ues to pep­per her de­scrip­tions of each look with witty one-lin­ers, re­veal­ing a lively sense of hu­mour—some­thing that comes as a sur­prise to many of those present. Beck­ham gladly poses for pic­tures with the guests, but quickly swaps her smiles and gig­gles for that trade­mark head-tilted-right “smize” when the cam­eras point her way. Her pub­lic im­age is a cold one—the ppo­lar op­po­site of the charm­ing, self-dep­re­cat­ingdep­reca talker that she is in re­al­ity. But she seemss un­af­fected by what the me­dia thinks­think of her. “I don’t read the tabloids and tetend not to pay much at­ten­tion to what oth­ero peo­ple are say­ing,” she says. “I’m ju­just be­ing my­self and some­times I have to be a cer­tain way be­cause I want ev­ery­thing to be ex­act­lyexac the way I en­vi­sioned it to be.”b In­deed, she has been re­ferre­dre­ferr to as a con­trol freak more thant once, but that is re­ally just a mark of a woman who knows­know what she wants.

Beck­ham’s evo­lu­tion fromfro pop star to fash­ion de­sign­erde­sign is an in­spir­ing one, and she’ssh had to deal with the fact that celebrity stereo­type­stereo­types have en­cour­aged plenty of naysay­ers along the way.way “I am aware that peo­ple still ap­proach what I do with pre­con­cep­tions and will al­ways have their own per­cep­tions about me,” she says. “But I’m not try­ing to prove any­thing. I am do­ing what I love to do, and I just hope that, by do­ing so, I am send­ing out a pos­i­tive mes­sage to follow your dreams.”

So what in­spires Beck­ham? Ev­ery­thing re­volves around her fam­ily, she says. Her hus­band, David Beck­ham, makes her smile ev­ery day just by be­ing him­self. “He’s an in­cred­i­ble dad, works very, very hard and does an enor­mous amount to give back to so­ci­ety. And my chil­dren are happy kids, they in­spire me when they play sports or sing and dance or try new things. They help both David and me re­dis­cover things from a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive,” she says, ob­vi­ously thrilled to talk about her four beau­ti­ful chil­dren, Brook­lyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper, all of whom are ev­i­dently com­fort­able on the red car­pet and in front of cam­eras.

The im­por­tance Beck­ham places on re­dis­cov­ery is re­flected in her niche in the world of fash­ion de­sign: she rein­vents clas­sic wardrobe sta­ples, el­e­vat­ing them with her par­tic­u­lar brand of con­tem­po­rary, so­phis­ti­cated cool. Her au­tumn/ win­ter 2014 ready-to-wear col­lec­tion in­cludes a sharply tai­lored coat with back pleats, a trench coat in lux­u­ri­ous white with gold chain ac­cents, and dresses with ruf­fles on the shoul­ders and hem­lines.

“We def­i­nitely have both

“I CRE­ATE CLOTHESLH THATH WOMEN WILL ILL FEEL EM­POW­ERED WEAR­ING NO MAT­TER WHAT THEIR LIFE­STYLE, CLOTHES THAT ARE BEAU­TI­FULLY MADE AND OF THE FINEST QUAL­ITY, AND STREAM­LINED BUT MUL­TI­DI­MEN­SIONAL” fem­fem­i­nine and mas­cu­line in­flu­ences through­out the col­lec­tions, as well as great at­ten­tion to tai­lor­ing,t but I also love recre­at­ing silh­sil­hou­ettes,” says Beck­ham. “I chal­lenge mymy­self with re­gards to pro­por­tion and de­tails, in­c­in­cor­po­rat­ing lines, ac­cents, pleats and shapes or pat­terns, like a sub­tle wave el­e­ment to ex­aex­ag­ger­ate the unique hem of a skirt.”

Wwhen faced with cre­at­ing a col­lec­tion, she stays true to her­self and proves she un­dun­der­stands the women of to­day. “The in­vin­vest­ment value of a Vic­to­ria Beck­ham crecreation is in its sea­son­less-ness,” she says. “MMY ap­proach re­mains the same, in the waway I make clothes that women will feel emem­pow­ered wear­ing no mat­ter what their life­lifestyle, clothes that are beau­ti­fully made and of the finest qual­ity, and stream­lined but mul­ti­di­men­sional.”

When Beck­ham first plunged into the fash­ion in­dus­try, some doubted she had the abil­ity to be a suc­cess­ful de­signer, but sea­son after sea­son her hard work and un­wa­ver­ing de­vo­tion have paid off. Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s flair for business and sar­to­rial sen­si­bil­ity will take her a long way.

MOD­ERN MIN­I­MAL­ISM FROM TOP: VIC­TO­RIA BECK­HAM’S LAT­EST COL­LEC­TION OF AC­CES­SORIES AT SIN­GA­PORE’S ON PED­DER; LOOKS FROM HER AU­TUMN/ WIN­TER 2014 COL­LEC­TION

PLEATS PLEASE FROM LEFT: A DRESS FROM BECK­HAM’S AU­TUMN AU­TUMN/ WIN­TER LINE; HAND­BAGS THAT ARE EX­CLU­SIVE TO ON PED­DER

TALK­ING POINT VIC­TO­RIA BECK­HAM PAR­TIC­I­PATES IN A DIS­CUS­SION AT SIN­GA­PORE’S LA SALLE COL­LEGE OF THE ARTS

SIMSIMPLY PER­FECT CLEAN LINES, SLEEK SILHOUETTESSILH AND PRETTY PLEATS MARK BECK­HAM’S AU­TUMN/AUT WIN­TER COL­LEC­TION

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