Victoria: ‘I Can’t Believe I’ve Done It’
The fash pack love her, the A-list love her and finally Victoria feels accepted
Standing tall at her VB x Target launch party earlier this month, Victoria Beckham oozed success. As she casually chatted to her high-profile celebrity guests, including Jessica Alba, Naomie Harris and Zoe Saldana (to name but a few) the afternoon tea party definitely felt like VB’S big moment.
At the party, set in the grounds of a Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles, VB looked phenomenal. And not only were her A-list guests poring over her new (and now sold out) collection, crafting handmade flower crowns and sipping Pimm’s, she was also joined by five-year-old Harper and 12-year-old Cruz – who were both dressed in her designs. ‘It feels like a very British celebration,’ cooed VB.
It’s a proud moment for Victoria, who celebrates her 43rd birthday on 17 April. The launch event has not only rubbished the (unsubstantiated) claims that her business is floundering in debt, it’s also redeemed Brand Beckham following her husband David’s very public knighthood scandal earlier this year. ‘Victoria’s grafted to prove all the doubters wrong,’ says a close friend.
‘Things are coming together after a tough start to the year, and being able to throw a party in Hollywood to launch her new collection was heavenly. Victoria stepped up and made sure people were only saying good things about Brand Beckham again. She’s finally got what she wanted.’
The success comes at the perfect time for the Beckhams, especially since Victoria and David have been talking at length about another big US move as David desperately tries to finalise his Miami football deal. It’s something that’s caused friction but, with everything going so well over there, it could be on the cards. It’s a far cry from when the star first moved to LA in 2007.
‘In England, David and I are big fish in a small pond,’ she said at the time. ‘But in LA, we’re tiny, tiny, tiny fish in a big pond.’ Following their first move, Victoria (unsurprisingly) received a lukewarm reception in the States.
‘If you want bad driving, Lindsay Lohan is worse. If you want rich, Paris Hilton is richer, and if you want thin women, fire a bullet into Los Angeles and you’ll hit 100 of them. Why do we need this Victoria Beckham?’ said a Los Angeles Times commentator at the time.
Ten years on and the very same publication is falling at her feet, naming her a successful designer, championing the collection and even attending the Bel Air garden party to chat to VB about her range.
Despite David recently saying he wished Victoria would dress like ‘the old days’, VB circa 2007 is almost unrecognisable from the woman we know now. Yes, the choppy peroxide haircut has gone – replaced with a sophisticated brown lob – but it’s not just her appearance. Gone is the brash VB from her flop reality show Victoria Beckham: Coming To America, which included the opening line: ‘I don’t want to be seen smiling, having fun or eating.’ In her place is a successful businesswoman, fashion designer and mother of four. And let’s not forget how much of a laugh she’s been having – see James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke for that.
‘Victoria never stops learning,’ says our source. ‘That’s why she’s made it. Every crisis is an opportunity. She’s always said she wants to be at the top of her game and she’s seriously highflying at the moment.’
It’s a big deal for VB, who seems to have the A-list pandering to her every move – even Nicole Kidman was pictured in her AW17 collection last week. Of course, it’s not just Victoria putting the work in. While the designer is keeping up appearances in the fashion world, it seems David – and the children – are putting in the legwork too. ‘Brooklyn is a major asset to the family business,’ adds our source. ‘Cruz and Romeo are thriving at school and Harper is the perfect protégée, learning at Victoria’s knee so that one day she’ll be able to take the reins of the fashion empire.’ More on that over the page…
She’s always said she wants to be at the top of her game
Victoria’s Carpool Karaoke was a hoot
Zoe Saldana and Kate Mara don flower headdresses Naomie Harris poses with VB. Jessica Alba (above) also came out for the party. Meanwhile, Cruz (right) was photobombed by his mother
Nicole Kidman wearing VB AW17 on a shoot
VB in 2007: seriously, you OK hun?