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Victoria Beckham's startling style switch

Published 23/11/2012 | 10:09

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From trussed-up dolly bird, to Bohemian fashionista.

From trussed-up dolly bird, to Bohemian fashionista - Victoria Beckham's style transformation is complete.

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We're so used to seeing pictures of Victoria Beckham every single day of our lives without fail (VB hangs out with her family! VB walks along the street!! VB goes to the AIRPORT!!!), that they can become a bit like wallpaper after a while. But this shot of her doing all of the above stopped us in our tracks today.

Now, we know that Victoria has been slowing evolving from trussed-up dolly bird to effortless fashionista over the past few years, intermittently swapping her six inch, spike-heeled platforms for a pair of flats, or trading her body-con minis for the occasional loose shift dress from her Victoria line, but her latest sartorial selection has left us wondering if she hasn't been abducted by aliens and had her fashion memory wiped.

Snapped at LAX airport with son, Romeo, the pop star turned designer could have passed for super-stylist, Rachel Zoe, or her ex charge, Nicole Richie, in a wafty, midi-length, Bohemian peasant-style dress by avant-garde label Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons.



Count how many things were wrong with that sentence:



1. Wafty: Victoria doesn't waft, she struts



2. Midi-length: the enemy of your average female, the midi is what we in the business call a 'tricky trend', or a 'man repeller'.



3. Bohemian: VB is not Sienna Miller circa 2004



4. Peasant-style: Neither is she Katie Melua



5. Avant-garde: Though beloved of die-hard fashionistas of a Japanese persuasion, Junya Watanabe is not a label that ever knowingly threatens the red carpet.

While we're not chalking this up as a classic VB look, it does have a certain charm - not least because it makes us feel a bit like proud mothers waving our all-grown-up little girl off for her first day at big school. Who could have predicted we would end up here when she turned up at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in 2007 wearing a black corset, sequin hotpants, leather fingerless gloves, a cropped white tuxedo shrug, flesh coloured seamed tights, fake boobs, and peep-toe Mary-Jane shoes? And don't even try and count how many things are wrong with that sentence…

Belinda White Telegraph.co.uk

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