All hail Queen Victoria as posh frocks provide spice
Victoria Beckham breezed into Dublin yesterday with her youngest child, her latest fashion collection -- and a host of style tips for Irish women.
The mother of four confessed to being a workaholic and said she liked to meet the women who buy her clothes -- even going so far as to get into fitting rooms with them to help them try on something new.
Beckham also revealed that the inspiration for some of her autumn/winter 2012 women's range came from her sons and footballing husband David.
She said her work was her passion. "I don't consider fashion my job. It's what I do, it's what I have to do, it's my passion, it's what I love to do. I work seven days a week and there is definitely an element of family life that you see in the collection."
The 38-year-old said the baseball influence in her latest collection came "from Romeo running into the kitchen one day and I loved his baseball shirt and that influenced the collection".
The pop singer-turned-designer yesterday met more than 50 of her most loyal Irish customers, as well as some fans from Russia.
They have made her brand a top-selling fashion hit by buying her clothes, which run from €450-€2,550 at Brown Thomas this season but have in the past gone all the way up to €6,000.
The store has trebled its Victoria Beckham order over the last four years based on Irish demand with some dresses snapped up before they even reach the shop rails.
Yesterday she showcased pieces from her two new autumn/winter 2012 lines at Brown Thomas, on Grafton Street in Dublin -- her original Victoria Beckham range, which gave us the famous bodycon dress with the long zip, and her newer Victoria, Victoria Beckham label.
Complimenting Irish women's sense of style, Victoria said: "They love fashion, they understand fashion and they are very chic so it makes my job very easy."
Walking into the special catwalk show for fashion press, Victoria held her daughter Harper's hand and looked every inch the doting mum as she watched her 12-month-old daughter take baby steps, dressed cute as a button in a navy dress with red trim and matching socks.
With Harper sitting on her knee, the former Posh Spice was relaxed and smiled constantly -- in sharp contrast to her head-down red carpet pout.
There was lots of good humour, especially when RTE's Claire Byrne asked whether she had any plans to launch a children's range.
Her head fell back as she laughed: "I thought you were going to say another baby."
Dressed in her €2,550 linear structured black wool coat with military epaulettes, Victoria flashed her bare, California-tanned leg Angelina Jolie-style for a photocall.
Pressed for some style advice, Victoria said: "I just think it's about being age appropriate, being realistic and I don't like to overly complicate things -- always keep things quite simple."