Victoria Beckham dishes up ‘gentle rebellion’ for fall 20

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attra…

Victoria Beckham has explored the tension between “refinement and rebellion” for her fall/winter 2020 collection.

The British designer unveiled her latest line at The Banqueting House as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the presentation attracting the likes of Anna Wintour, Samantha Ronson, Alexa Chung, Karen Elson, and Sinead Burke, as well as Victoria’s husband David Beckham and their four children.

Regarding her inspiration for the range, the fashion star explained that she wanted to add a bit of edge to her go-to feminine silhouettes.

“This season, I was thinking about the tension between refinement and rebellion. I was inspired by different ideas of women – different characters, different moments, and different attitudes – but with no restrictions. The overriding sentiment was that we don’t have to follow the rules. We can follow our instincts. Be spirited,” she wrote in the show notes. “The silhouette has evolved with a newness, a freshness. Shorter abbreviated proportions feel different and right for now. I wanted to explore how to honour tradition but challenge convention. To be subversive, yet still sophisticated. The collection is about staying true to ourselves and our woman, but still surprising her, and us. Twisting our codes. This is what I call my gentle rebellion.”

To open, a model walked the runway in a black velvet dress with plunging neckline and black leather boots. The outfit was given a touch of sparkle via the addition of crystal drop earrings.

A number of black ensembles followed, many of which were accessorised with belts featuring interlocking hand designs.

Victoria also introduced a line-up of plaid separates, brightly coloured knitwear, and cosy coats, before concluding the show by having models parade the runway in winter-ready dresses with voluminous sleeves.

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Robert Pattinson declared ‘most beautiful man’ in the world

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon. Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty …

Robert Pattinson has been declared as the world’s “most beautiful” man by a top plastic surgeon.

Dr. Julian De Silva measured the eyes, eyebrows, nose, lips, chin, jaw, and facial shape of many male celebrities, using the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi, and concluded that the Twilight actor came closest to the Greeks’ idea of perfection.

“The 33-year-old actor was found to be 92.15 per cent accurate to the Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Phi – which measures physical perfection,” Dr. De Silva wrote on Instagram. “The list was compiled using the latest computerised mapping techniques. Robert Pattinson was the clear winner when all elements of the face were measured for physical perfection.

“The Golden Ratio was a mathematical equation devised by the Greeks in an attempt to measure beauty… The premise behind this is that the closer the ratios of a face or body are to the number 1.618 (Phi), the more beautiful they become.”

Pattinson’s chin, eye position, and nose length/width came the closest to perfection, while his lips scored the lowest percentage.

Justice League star Henry Cavill came in second on Dr. De Silva’s most beautiful list with 91.64 per cent, followed by Bradley Cooper in third with 91.08 per cent, Brad Pitt in fourth with 90.51 per cent, and George Clooney in fifth with 89.91 per cent.

Clooney had previously topped the list but had dropped down to fifth as “the effect of ageing on the 58-year-old had resulted in a loss of volume in the face,” Dr. De Silva explained.

Retired sports star David Beckham came in seventh place, although he had a near-perfect ratio in the size of his nose and his lips.

Back in October, Dr. De Silva declared Bella Hadid the world’s most beautiful woman, followed by Beyonce and Amber Heard.

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Victoria Beckham insists fame isn’t as ‘glamorous as people think’

Victoria Beckham wants her fans to know fame is not as “glamorous as people think”.The designer first shot to superstardom as one-fifth of the Spice Girls back in the 1990s while still in her early 20s, alongside Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Ch…

Victoria Beckham wants her fans to know fame is not as “glamorous as people think”.

The designer first shot to superstardom as one-fifth of the Spice Girls back in the 1990s while still in her early 20s, alongside Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, and Melanie Brown.

Victoria further established her place as an A-lister when she married former soccer star David Beckham, and she went on to launch a less-than-successful solo career, started a family, and finally turned her hand to fashion.

Launching her eponymous debut collection of just 10 dresses in New York back in 2014, she’s gone from strength to strength, but she has now insisted that dealing with the highs and lows of fame has been a constant struggle.

“I learnt an enormous amount being very young and very, very famous,” she told Harper’s Bazaar. “You realise it’s much more difficult to maintain success than it is to actually achieve it – and it’s not as glamorous as people would think.”

Victoria and her husband David have worked hard at their solo and joint business ventures, and are reportedly worth more than $900 million (£689 million). Yet, the 45-year-old is quick to state that their success hasn’t come easy.

“Whether people like me or David – and I got over worrying about that a long time ago, else I’d be crazy by now – nobody can ever dispute the fact that we work hard at it,” Victoria explained. “If you dream big, you can achieve great things.”

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Victoria Beckham finally comfortable with her looks

Victoria Beckham took a “long, long time” to become comfortable with her looks.The 45-year-old has candidly opened up about her journey to self-acceptance in an interview for the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and when asked if she th…

Victoria Beckham took a “long, long time” to become comfortable with her looks.

The 45-year-old has candidly opened up about her journey to self-acceptance in an interview for the February 2020 issue of Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and when asked if she thinks of herself as beautiful, her reply was refreshingly honest.

“No, absolutely not,” she stated. “But I make the best of what I have. I see my imperfections and flaws and I smile: it’s who I am and I’m not going to try to change that. It’s taken me a long, long time to recognise that by 45 years old, actually I’m all right.”

Victoria went on to explain that while she used to “obsess over the silliest of things”, she’s now very comfortable in her own skin.

“I work hard, I look O.K., I’ve got four children that I’m incredibly proud of, a wonderful husband and I feel content,” the designer added, noting her children Brooklyn, 20, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 14, and Harper, eight, and her husband of more than 20 years, David Beckham.

Elsewhere in the interview, Victoria also touched upon her new skincare and make-up line, Victoria Beckham Beauty, and revealed that she has been desperate to create her own beauty brand for years.

“I’ve been obsessed with make-up and skincare and wellness for longer than I can remember,” the former Spice Girl said of the products she has created with her co-founder, beauty executive Sarah Creal. “The other thing that was key was making sure it was very inclusive – whether it’s make-up or skincare, this is for every skin type and tone, and for both women and men.”

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Victoria Beckham doesn’t know how to travel light

Victoria Beckham drives her husband David Beckham “crazy” because she can’t travel light.The fashion designer is always jetting around the world, and though she would love to fly with just carry-on baggage, she has now insisted that she will never be t…

Victoria Beckham drives her husband David Beckham “crazy” because she can’t travel light.

The fashion designer is always jetting around the world, and though she would love to fly with just carry-on baggage, she has now insisted that she will never be that woman.

“I always like to take a lot of options, so I’m not very good at travelling light,” she confessed during an interview for Live with Kelly and Ryan on Wednesday. “I like… options because you never know what you’re going to want to wear, how you’re going to feel, so I can never travel light.

“I do drive David pretty crazy and I always take up all the closet space (in hotels) as well with all my options. That’s just what we do.”

Victoria’s penchant for travelling with a wardrobe was recently tested when she and David celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary with a quick trip to Paris, France.

“We went to Paris for the weekend. Just the two of us because, you know what it’s like when you’ve got lots of children, it’s hard to spend time just the two of you.

“We had 24 hours, just the two of us, in Paris – which was so lovely,” the mother-of-four said, adding she doesn’t need to do much when she’s alone with her husband: “He’s David Beckham…I can just stare at him.”

Meanwhile, in a new beauty tutorial filmed for celebrity make-up artist Lisa Eldridge’s YouTube channel, Victoria shared that she has a very minimal make-up kit and rarely wears cosmetics during the day. Yet, the 45-year-old always grooms her eyebrows before she steps out the door.

“I’m fine to go out without any make-up on, the only thing I will always put on very, very quickly is a bit of a brow. It’s the only thing. It’s my safety blanket,” she smiled.

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Victoria Beckham wants new beauty line to empower women

Victoria Beckham wants her new beauty line to empower women.The fashion designer recently launched Victoria Beckham Beauty with her business partner Sarah Creal and told Harper’s Bazaar that the pair had a vision to create an all-encompassing clean bea…

Victoria Beckham wants her new beauty line to empower women.

The fashion designer recently launched Victoria Beckham Beauty with her business partner Sarah Creal and told Harper’s Bazaar that the pair had a vision to create an all-encompassing clean beauty line that will eventually cover colour cosmetics, skincare, and wellness products.

For now, Victoria has focused on eyeshadow, and released four satin matte eyeshadow palettes, dubbed Smokey Eye Bricks, alongside four crystal-infused lid lustre pots and three different tones of satin kajal liner.

The 45-year-old explained that she and Sarah wanted to “create a beauty collection that was the future”, but resisted promising customers that their products could work miracles.

“It’s not about trying to make ourselves look any different, any younger. I’m not going to be coming out with products saying they’re going to get rid of wrinkles – because that’s bulls**t,” the mother-of-four said. “I think we should celebrate who we are, and be the best, most powerful version of ourselves and celebrate that and celebrate each other, and as women be strong together.”

The former Spice Girl said it “made sense” for her debut beauty line to focus on eyeshadows first.

“That is something that is very signature to me – a smoky, sexy eye,” she explained.

Victoria Beckham Beauty will launch lip products in October, and Victoria promised they have “a big strategy” about what products they will release in the future.

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Victoria Beckham shares her favourite Spice Girls look

Victoria Beckham has shared her favourite look from her days in the Spice Girls.The fashion designer has revealed that she looks back fondly on her outfit from the girl group’s Goodbye music video from 1998, as it was when she was pregnant with her fir…

Victoria Beckham has shared her favourite look from her days in the Spice Girls.

The fashion designer has revealed that she looks back fondly on her outfit from the girl group’s Goodbye music video from 1998, as it was when she was pregnant with her first child.

“My favourite Spice Girls look would be the Goodbye video actually,” the 45-year-old said during an appearance on British talk show This Morning. “I was pregnant with (her oldest child) Brooklyn at the time and I had a pixie haircut, I was wearing a Jil Sander dress, which was super chic, and just really natural, nice makeup.

“I was at that stage of pregnancy when you are a little bit glowy. It was just very natural and I look back at that video and it really does make me smile because I had little Brooklyn in my tummy.”

And the star wasn’t the only Spice Girl who was pregnant while filming the video – Mel B was also expecting her first child, Phoenix Chi.

The British designer shares son Brooklyn, now 20, along with son Romeo, 17, son Cruz, 14, and daughter Harper Seven, 8, with husband David Beckham.

The naturally slim star recently revealed in an interview with Glamour U.K. magazine that becoming a mother has affected her body image, and she makes sure that she eats meals with her kids.

“When you have children, it also puts a lot into perspective. You realise they notice everything,” she explained.

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Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham launch fashion apprenticeship

Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham have unveiled the British Fashion Council’s new apprenticeship scheme.The 27-year-old model, who is the BFC’s Ambassador for Positive Fashion, and the soccer star, who serves as the BFC Ambassadorial President, launched th…

Adwoa Aboah and David Beckham have unveiled the British Fashion Council’s new apprenticeship scheme.

The 27-year-old model, who is the BFC’s Ambassador for Positive Fashion, and the soccer star, who serves as the BFC Ambassadorial President, launched the Fashion Studio Apprenticeship during a visit at Prendergast Vale School in Lewisham, south London on Monday.

“I am proud to be part of an industry that has so many facets to it,” said Aboah of the initiative. “The Fashion Studio Apprenticeship is proof that not every role in fashion needs an academic degree and that our industry is one that is open to everyone, no matter their background. It is fantastic to be able to support this initiative as part of my role as BFC Ambassador for Positive Fashion.”

Formulated with a group of fashion employers and BFC officials, apprentices will begin by spending time in a studio to learn how a collection is created. They will then spend six months as an assistant, working with a team that creates a range, before undertaking a further 12 months in a specialised area of the business, choosing between product development and production, sales and operations, or fashion marketing and communication.

At the end of the apprenticeship, participants will be required to undertake a work-based project and a practical test.

And Beckham, 44, added that he wanted to encourage students to consider arts education and the creative industries when making decisions about their future.

“Fashion is an industry that should be open to everyone – no matter what their background is or where they are from. I hope that this new apprenticeship programme from the BFC will give even more kids the chance to thrive and be creative. We have such an amazing fashion industry in this country, it’s something we should really be proud of and protect,” he commented.

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Victoria Beckham doesn’t buy into anti-ageing skincare products

Victoria Beckham no longer buys into skincare products claiming to be “anti-ageing” or “anti-wrinkle”.The fashion designer has teamed with Sarah Creal to unveil Victoria Beckham Beauty, with the new brand offering cruelty-free, cleanly-formulated skinc…

Victoria Beckham no longer buys into skincare products claiming to be “anti-ageing” or “anti-wrinkle”.

The fashion designer has teamed with Sarah Creal to unveil Victoria Beckham Beauty, with the new brand offering cruelty-free, cleanly-formulated skincare and make-up products.

Beckham appears in the accompanying campaign imagery, and in a new interview with U.K. Glamour magazine, explained that she requested no airbrushing be used on the photos.

“What’s real and what’s not has become so blurred with Photoshop,” she said. “I believe people want to see pictures that are real. When I was going through the imagery with the team, it wasn’t about perfectly retouching things. I also hate seeing the words ‘anti-ageing’ and ‘anti-wrinkle’ (on products) – what is that about? It should just be about having the best skin you can have.”

Beckham displays her own wrinkles in the accompanying photoshoot for the October 2019 issue of the publication. And she is hopeful her products will help empower women to be the “best version of themselves”.

“There’s something really liberating about embracing who I am at 45 years old and owning it, feeling confident, feeling content. Doing beauty has really helped with that – it’s been very liberating,” the star shared. “I want to spread the word that everybody should feel like the best version of themselves. To look after what you have. I want to tell people to own who you are. Yes, we – and I – have wrinkles, and that’s OK!”

Elsewhere in the chat, the former Spice Girls singer noted that she continues to champion the “girl power” message that the group promoted in the ’90s.

“The fact that I can talk to (my eight-year-old daughter) Harper about that and how girls should be kind to girls… really I use my own experiences and share that,” she added.

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Victoria Beckham serves up a ‘modern mix’ for spring 2020

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British V…

Victoria Beckham has unveiled a “modern mix” of silhouettes for her spring/summer 2020 collection.

The British designer presented her latest line as part of London Fashion Week on Sunday, with the likes of U.S. Vogue’s Anna Wintour, Kim Jones, British Vogue’s Edward Enninful, and Helen Mirren all perched on the front row, while her husband David Beckham and their four children were also in the audience.

Regarding the inspiration for the range, Beckham explained in a post on her Instagram page that she was influenced by a variety of sources and was determined for all of the garments to be comfortable for her customers.

“We took a melting pot of references and inspiration from past decades, then looked to our brand DNA and put everything together into a blender, to make a new, modern mix,” she commented, adding: “Lightness, easiness, freedom. Those are the ideas I was thinking of for this collection. There is always a duality in women, moving between different ideas, different moods. I want clothes that move with a woman, that move with her life.”

The show opened with a model wearing a black and white chequered suit, burnt orange shirt, and off-white coat, followed by a number of ensembles featuring neutral separates.

Rather than the figure-hugging dresses Beckham has built up a reputation for in previous years, this time she opted for a flowing silhouette, with standouts including a violet dress with ruffled neckline and floral applique on one shoulder, a lemon-yellow number with plunging neckline, as well as shirts and dresses featuring a scribble print.

Other highlights included ’70s-inspired suits, a bright green number, and a bright purple dress with off-the-shoulder neckline. The show concluded with a trio of swishy black dresses, a sharp white suit, and a beautiful white dress with ruching at the waist.

London Fashion Week continues on Monday with presentations from Roksanda, Erdem, and Burberry.

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