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…

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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

Mum danc­ing!

VB gets busy back­stage

Brook­lyn in his first cam­paign for Pull & Bear

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