Victoria Beckham wants to create fashion ‘empire’

Updated 12 October 2013
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Victoria Beckham wants to create fashion ‘empire’

NEW YORK CITY, New York: Victoria Beckham, the one-time pop star who is now one of the most courted designers at the upcoming New York Fashion Week, says she has even bigger plans for her eponymous brand.
“I want to get bigger and bigger,” the former Spice Girl told the New York Times ahead of the unveiling of her spring-summer 2014 collection during fashion week, which begins on September 5.
“I absolutely want an empire.”
Beckham, who was once only famous for her stint as Posh Spice and as the wife of footballer David Beckham, has come into her own since her first runway show in New York in 2008 took the fashion world by surprise.
Beckham told the magazine that she designs clothes she would want to wear herself, from chic, ultra-flattering dresses to her current fall line of masculine-influenced coats and body-skimming skirts and trousers.
She has also branched out into sunglasses, handbags and denim, and her main Victoria Beckham label is expanding rapidly in Asia.
Beckham has also created a new, more-affordable diffusion line, Victoria, which is more casual and colorful to appeal to a younger market.
“I want to reach as many women throughout the world as I can,” she said.
“There are more categories that I want to enter into. I have five categories at the moment. But at some point I would love to do shoes, I would love to do fragrance, I would love to do makeup, I would like to do underwear. There are so many things I want to do.”
The 39-year-old mother of four, who recently moved back to London from Los Angeles, said that she misses the climate, openness and work ethic in the city.
“I am very career minded, and I think my personality is more suited to America,” she said. “I am a working mum.”


Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth — designer

Updated 20 May 2018
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Meghan loved her veil embroidered with tribute to the Commonwealth — designer

LONDON: When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to marry Prince Harry on Saturday, she had with her the 53 countries of the Commonwealth — each one represented in the embroidery of her veil.
Recounting the discussions over Meghan’s dress and veil for Saturday’s groundbreaking wedding, designer Clare Waight Keller said the new Duchess of Sussex had welcomed the idea that her veil could be designed to hold extra significance.
“The veil was a huge part of the conversations that we had early on. We talked about what we wanted to do in terms of trying to embrace some of the royal connections in there,” said Waight Keller, who became the first female artistic director at famed French house Givenchy last year.
“And a lot of the work that she’s going to probably do in the future is going to be connected to the Commonwealth ... and I said ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if we took the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and embroidered a flower and some flora and fauna from each one of those and that they would go up the aisle, that journey up the aisle with you’.”
Keller said Meghan loved the idea of “all of those countries walking with her through the ceremony.”
Just last month, her now husband, Prince Harry, was appointed to his highest-profile public role to date as youth ambassador to the Commonwealth, the 53 nations bound together by the shared history of the now-defunct British Empire.
Those working on the hand-drawn veil spent hundreds of hours sewing the design, and had to keep washing their hands to keep the tulle and threads pristine.
Meghan’s choice of a sleek sculpted dress, and the five-meter long veil and sparkling diamond tiara, was praised by fashion experts.
Waight Keller said Harry had thanked her for her role in making his wife look “absolutely stunning” after the ceremony at the 15th-century St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, which was watched by royals and celebrities up close, with millions of others tuning into television coverage.
“I saw her after the service. She was absolutely radiant,” said Waight Keller. “There was just a glow to her, you could tell they were so in love ... and she had just looked absolutely exquisite.”