The former Spice Girl talks fashion at this year’s Vogue Festival
It’s been a long time since Victoria Beckham performed to a sell-out crowd, but yesterday she did just that.
Wearing their most vertiginous heels, nearly one thousand fashionistas tottered into Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre to hear the former Spice Girl speak – not sing – on the subject ‘My Fashion Life’ as part of the Vogue Festival.
Hosting the conversation was British Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman, who welcomed Victoria to the stage by describing her as “funny, disarming, and married to one of the best looking men in the universe.”
And then she appeared, wearing a grey pencil dress from her own collection and the highest heels of all.
Victoria has more than proved herself as both a fashion designer and business woman since she launched her eponymous label in 2008, so her ability to discuss the finer details of her clothes and the work that goes in to pulling off her bi-annual fashion week shows came as no surprise – although the revelation that her design process involves stripping off was a bit of a shock.
“I start by sitting down with the team and discussing ideas first,” she said, adding: “Then I get naked and start making clothes on myself.”
However, perhaps the biggest revelation of all was just how funny she could be, making the audience – which included her eldest son, Brooklyn, and mum Jackie – laugh out loud on more than one occasion.
Recalling the scepticism that surrounded the unveiling of her first collection, she joked: “In the beginning there were a lot of raised eyebrows. Well, from those who could raise their eyebrows.”
And addressing her reputation for being a bit miserable, thanks to rarely being snapped when smiling, she quipped: ““Everyone thinks I’m going to be such a cow. I get it, because I think exactly the same when I see the pictures.”
Victoria’s talk was well-received by her captive audience. Twitter user @Annie_Phang tweeted: ‘Inspiring role model despite what the critics may say #idealspeaker.’
Fellow Twitter user @iamshoeshopping added: ‘@victoriabeckham it was a pleasure to see you #voguefestival today. You’re a truly inspiring and wonderful woman! And a talented designer!’