Victoria's new design career is in the bag
Victoria Beckham clearly knows a thing or two about handbags, yet she disputes reports that she has a 100-plus collection of Birkin by Hermes bags worth €1.8m. The former Spice Girl said: "How bloody stupid is that. I don't have as many as everybody says. And I bought a lot of them at auction."
The former Spice Girl said: "How bloody stupid is that. I don't have as many as everybody says. And I bought a lot of them at auction."
The launch of her first handbag collection features a cute and feminine clutch and a surprisingly masculine travel bag. The Victoria bag, which Beckham admits she'll be carrying "everywhere", captures the moment and Beckham's glamorous rovings about town with a classic structure (think Birkin), updated by its gigantic proportions.
Considered the highlight of the range, the Victoria bag will soon be available in "an amazing waxed matte croc, lizard and calf -- and we've paid as much attention to the inside of the bag as the outside", according to the designer.
The handbag range has a starting price of €1,450. Victoria collaborated with Katie Hillier, creator of many 'It' bags during her eight years working with Marc Jacobs.
"I knew what I wanted, but I needed someone with the expertise, who knew about factories," Victoria said. The handbags were launched on Sunday at the same €60m uptown New York townhouse used in the Sex and The City films as Carrie Bradshaw's dream apartment.
Victoria told fashion journalists she had been awake since 3.30am with "nerves, anticipation and excitement". The wife of David Beckham also showcased 27 dresses at her Stateside catwalk show. The Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2011 collection focuses on muted colours and elegant tailoring. However, the one-time pop singer's fifth collection most impressed fashion editors and buyers by leaving behind the corsetry beloved by Victoria in favour of more fluid shapes and fabrics.
The WAG's re-invention as a fashion designer continues to confound critics, who initially dismissed her as a fashion wannabe. Sceptics question whether a woman with no design background is capable of creating such impressive pieces -- a fashion feature in the New York Times last week was titled, "Victoria Beckham: is she for real?"