Roland Mouret puts the rumours about his involvement in Victoria Beckham's collection to bed.
When Victoria Beckham first announced she was moving into fashion design, there was a collective gasp of horror that could be heard echoing around planet fashion for days. Did this pointing, pouting popstar, so very fond of hair extensions, fake tan and pneumatic cleavage seriously think she could segue over to the fashion business with any credibility?
When her debut collection turned out to be hot stuff, bitchy rumours circulated that her 'good friend' Roland Mouret was the real talent behind the collection, with the sexy, sculpted silhouette which featured so heavily throughout being so reminiscent of Mouret's signature style.
But her subsequent collections have continued to quietly impress, and with Beckham clocking-up a British Fashion Award nomination and a Vogue cover featuring the ex-WAG in her new incarnation as soft and stylish designer-of-the-moment, the constant sniping about the level of Mouret's involvement had died down.
That is until one brave journalist decided to give the fire another poke, asking Mouret about the truth behind the success story of Beckham's label.
Mouret retorted with the following outburst: "Oh my God, that question! Politicians, movie stars, it's always the first things they want to know and I'm like, why? Why would I want to design a collection for Victoria Beckham?
"Yes she is a friend and yes she asks for advice and yes I told her the name of a pattern cutter, but she has lots of friends she asks for advice - Marc Jacobs. I like to help people that's all."
Fashion insiders who have taken the time to speak to Beckham about her designs will vouch for her hands-on approach to her fledgling business. At her last presentation at New York Fashion Week, she even took to the floor to talk the jaded fashion-pack through each and every look as it came out - not a task anyone who didn't know every stitch intimately would be foolish enough to take on.
For her part, Beckham has discussed her design process in the interview which accompanies her February Vogue cover, and is refreshingly honest about her skills: "I don't draw, but nor do lots of designers. I tie things around me, I experiment with ideas and I try to work out a way to make everything flattering and make a woman feel beautiful."
So, it looks like the case of the WAG who went from Wannabe to world-class designer is closed. Better go find someone else to pick on fashion bullies. Has anyone got Geri Halliwell's number…