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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Handbags, hair extensions and fake tan... Victoria Beckham's style at the 2006 World Cup

Sasha Brady

Published 11/06/2016 | 12:09

WAGS Cheryl Cole, Coleen McLoughlin and Victoria
Beckham at the 2006 World Cup
WAGS Cheryl Cole, Coleen McLoughlin and Victoria Beckham at the 2006 World Cup

Victoria Beckham has her own fashion empire, four immaculately turned-out children and is considered an international style icon who never puts a foot wrong.

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She favours chic, minimalist style and a bad fashion day for Victoria is as rare as her smiling at the cameras.

British fashion designer Victoria Beckham poses as she arrives on May 11, 2016 for the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT
British fashion designer Victoria Beckham poses as she arrives on May 11, 2016 for the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT

But things were pretty different for the former Spice Girl in 2006.

In that year, she walked for Milan Fashion Week, released her second book, starred in her fourth documentary and had yet to make her mark on Hollywood.

But it was the streets of Baden-Baden where the star grabbed the most attention, as she joined the England WAGs in putting on quite a sideshow in the German city.

In fact, England's 2006 World Cup campaign was somewhat overshadowed by the presence of the 'Baden-Baden babes' as they blinged up for the matches.

The England WAGs
The England WAGs

The wives and girlfriends of the English team made international news with their lavish spending, wild partying and over-the-top style and it wasn't long before their look was being both emulated - and deried.

Handbags, hair extensions, fake tan, velour tracksuits, bug-eyed sunglasses and Louboutin heels with the signature scarlet soles was the look de rigeur for the team of WAGs that also included Cheryl Cole, Coleen Rooney, Carly Zucker and Elen Rivas.

Distraction: The wives and girlfriends of the England team proved to be a major distraction at the 2006 World Cup and Fabio Capello wants no repeat in South Africa. Photo: Getty Images
Distraction: The wives and girlfriends of the England team proved to be a major distraction at the 2006 World Cup and Fabio Capello wants no repeat in South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

Victoria led the way with designer-logo ensembles, skintight spaghetti strap tops, plenty of cleavage, too much Roberto Cavalli and short-shorts.

The 41-year-old also appeared to have a different temperament ten years ago when she made headlines for reportedly losing her temper with FA officials over a flight.

Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham

When the private jet that was chartered to take her from Cologne to Sweden was delayed, she allegedly complained that "a dog gets better treatment than this".

Can you imagine the designer losing her cool or sense of style so easily now?

Met Gala 2006: Victoria Beckham at the height of her WAG-dom was a gift to the fashion history books.
Met Gala 2006: Victoria Beckham at the height of her WAG-dom was a gift to the fashion history books.

She's come a long way in ten years.

Victoria Beckham
Victoria Beckham

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