VB: ‘WHY I’LL ALWAYS WANT MORE’
Her latest collection has been receiving rave reviews but that hasn’t stopped Victoria working to her absolute breaking point…
ashion week might look like fun, but behind the scenes it’s actually one of the most stressful times of the year – and we’re only attending! As a designer, showing your new collection is infinitely chaotic and pressured – and Victoria Beckham knows this only too well.
Her recent New York Fashion Week show was Posh’s 17th season, but as per usual it was still super-stressful.
Planning a show starts months in advance. First come the clothes – plotting, planning and consulting the buying habits of your customers as well as trying to create a vision that’s inspiring and unique. Not easy. Then there’s finding a venue, working out the logistics of shipping your range halfway across the world (from London to NYC in Victoria’s case), arranging security to make sure it arrives safely, sorting out hotels for the team to stay in, last-minute checks, a snag that needs to be fixed, fashion press arriving, editors to air-kiss… exhausted yet?
And this is all prior to the main event, which is lights, models and touch-ups. Then you pop out to say hello at the end and in minutes it’s all over.
So it’s no wonder insiders have told us that the 42-year-old puts herself under so much pressure that she barely eats or sleeps for 48 hours in the run up to the catwalk, or in the days after – and husband David is very concerned about the stress his wife is putting herself under.
‘David has really stepped in and calmed her down,’ says our insider. ‘He’s made it his mission to make sure she’s starting to get into a proper routine again, eating and sleeping properly and not spending hours online analysing the reaction to her work.’
That’s not to say that Victoria’s had no fun at all. Following her big day at NYFW, she indulged in a spot of ‘mum dancing’ in Times Square,
Feven posing for photos with excited fans. She was later seen leaving a party with David and her son Brooklyn looking a little worse for wear – understandable if you haven’t eaten all day…
‘It’s her life – so it means so much to her,’ says our source. ‘But it also has a knock-on effect on her personal life because she really struggles to eat properly and sleep when the pressure is on in her work life.’
As one half of brand Beckham, Victoria is constantly stretching herself and plans to continue. Earlier this month, she released her first make-up range in conjunction with Estée Lauder before appearing on a chat show for the first time in a year. And it’s 41-year-old David who’s picking up the pieces.
‘Victoria is leaning on David for emotional support and he’s really taking charge,’ says another source. ‘He makes sure the kids are all around and generates a really upbeat atmosphere. He keeps telling Victoria: “You have nothing to prove. You are already a success.”’
But does that mean that Victoria will ever take his advice on board? Er, no. In fact, V’s taking on even more in the future. Just this week, Brooklyn, 17, was revealed as the face of fashion brand Pull & Bear, which Victoria is overseeing. Plus, she’s admitted that her other son Cruz, 11, may be following in her Spice Girl footsteps after interest from industry bigwigs, including Justin Bieber’s former manager Scooter Braun.
We can’t help but think that Victoria needs to start taking care of herself and have a proper holiday. Not that she feels the same… ‘I’m a real positive thinker,’ she said recently. ‘I believe in creative visualisation – the glass is always half full. I have no time for anything negative.’
Yes, Vic, you literally have no time…
Posh’s workload keeps on getting bigger and bigger
Brooklyn and David Beckham with Anna Wintour at VB’S NYFW show The FROW
VB gets busy backstage
Brooklyn in his first campaign for Pull & Bear