Vive la France! Posh and Becks on the move
ALLEZ les Beckhams – the Armani-clad footballer and his fashionista wife have both secured the perfect career move with his signing to Paris-Saint-Germain.
Who could feel more at home in the City of Light than the sulky, rake-thin Victoria, who is in the midst of promoting her new style line Icon?
From Spice Girl to WAG and from style icon to respected fashion designer, the chameleon-like Mrs Beckham will soon be teetering in her stillettos along the boulevards of the French capital.
While David, who confirmed his move to the Paris-based team yesterday, said his wife and children would continue to reside in London, the fashion centre of the world is but a train or short plane ride away.
And with her proven business acumen, we can expect 38-year-old Victoria to devote plenty of time to promoting her new brand in Paris in the coming weeks.
Victoria, named Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011, said: "I introduced Icon in response to requests for designs from as far back as my first collection from customers, and I wanted to find a way to offer them key dresses from the archive, but in newly reworked colours and fabrics."
The release of Icon also comes in time for victoriabeckham.com, her soon-to-be-released e-commerce site that has taken three years to prepare. In a catty comment, 'Elle' suggested that the move to Paris might offer Victoria the "chic" that still evades her, but her transformation from the "less is more" ensembles of eight years ago to the demure, sophisticated look of late belies that criticism.
In any case, Mrs Beckham is grimacing (she doesn't smile or laugh) all the way to the bank as celebrities such as Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Kristen Stewart have all worn her dresses.
Was Posh scouting for a Paris pad when she spent a few days there last summer with son Romeo? As well as some touristy relaxation, Posh did a fashion shoot with Karl Lagerfeld, during which the fashion designer praised Victoria's "innate sense of style", adding: "She knows what she likes, and knows what is good for her."
And apart from her svelte form, Posh has one other trait in common with the notoriously snooty Parisians: "When in doubt, pout."