Vic­to­ria: ‘I Can’t Be­lieve I’ve Done It’

The fash pack love her, the A-list love her and fi­nally Vic­to­ria feels ac­cepted

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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?

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