From Posh, to Wag, Fashion Icon to Respected Fashion Designer…This is undeniably a very stylish journey…
Victoria Beckham Collection autumn/winter 2011-12
It was seven years ago that I employed Victoria Beckham as my fashion icon, during the epoch when she championed the trucker hat, baggy jeans and timberland boots ensembles. At the time I was, ashamedly, an avid consumer of OK! magazine. The publication fitted in well with my major consumption of trash culture and my distinct desire to live my life like a celebrity. In my defense, I was nineteen years old, in the early stages of my university studies and had almost no self awareness. I would pull all the pages that featured Victoria Beckham from the magazines and use them as inspiration for my own dress. Her style evolved and I emulated it; I journeyed with her in the Frye Campus boots and denim shorts, the Rock and Republic bootleg jeans worn with men’s leather belts, sandals, camisole tops and sunglasses outfits, to the dVb skinny jeans that sat perfectly over the almond toe platform YSL Laurent court shoes or the Christian Louboutins, often put together with long line vests or t-shirts that either fell off the shoulder or were part tucked into the jean’s waist band.
Jeans, court shoe and t-shirt ensemble
This was the look she was donning around the time the revised print of ‘That Extra Half an Inch’ was released – which still sits proudly in my book shelf, with pages indexed and my notes written in the back and the last VB look I would ever emulate entirely. Victoria’s style transformed once again, at moments oversexed in thigh high fetishistic boots, bodices with no lower garment and tiny dresses or she was demure, but sexy, in knee length skin tight pencil dresses and skirts. She accessorised her attire with Hermes Birkins and Croc Kelly’s and wore shoes that rendered a woman a cripple.
It was at this juncture I realised the relationship I once had with Victoria Beckham’s style had to come to an end. I was at the end of my academic career and at the beginning of defining myself as an adult, being functional at this part of my life was absolute paramount. I couldn’t wear those shoes running for a train in the morning, I couldn’t ‘mind the gap between the train and the platform’ with those pencil skirts that bounded your legs together at the knees and I don’t think I could ever justify purchasing a handbag that costs more money than my car, let alone afford one.
Nevertheless, my affection towards Victoria Beckham’s style has never dissipated. I continue to follow her career, to purchase all the magazine covers she features on and every now and again I Google her attire. I suppose, with my twenty seven years under my belt, a developing self awareness and a deep desire to understand life and the human condition, it is no longer my concern to emulate someone else’s style, but to understand how one’s style is formed and affected by internal and external occurrences.
In Victoria’s interview with Avril Mair in the Elle Collector’s magazine it’s apparent that her style has been influenced by her age, her lifestyle and her self confidence. These elements are likely to have an impact on most people’s style, however, style still manifest differently for each individual. When I realised I could no longer emulate Victoria Beckham I began to explore fashion beyond the OK! magazines. I studied the designers Victoria was associated with, Dolce and Gabbana, Azzedine Alaia, Marc Jacobs, Roland Mouret and I began a journey that was inspired by Victoria, that would eventually form my own style.
Victoria Beckham not only defined my love affair with fashion, but her approach to style lead me to discover my own. She inspired a journey that exposed me to the work and creative processes of wonderful designers and gave me the tools to discover what works for me. Picking, choosing and refusing what works for me and what doesn’t, whether it’s on the catwalk or not, whether she wears it or not. I suppose this is the self confidence she mentions in her interview, the same self confidence that has driven a magnificent fashion career and yet another impeccable a/w collection.
Read Avril Mair’s interview with Victoria Beckham in the Elle Collections magazine a/w 2011