Saturday 17 March 2018

Geri Halliwell's DIY dress fails to impress at Spice Girls Viva Forever! press call

The Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell centre
The Spice Girls, Geri Halliwell centre

Belinda White

ANYTHING Victoria Beckham can do, Geri can do better? Erm, that would be a no...

When we heard that Geri Halliwell was designing a line for Next, we feared for the future of fashion. When we saw the results (Union Jack sequin mini-dress anyone?), it was even worse than we could have imagined.

But never one to be put off achieving her dreams in the face of adversity, Geri it seems may not be done with the fashion world yet.

At the photocall to launch Viva Forever, the long-awaited Spice Girls musical penned by Jennifer Saunders and conceived by Mamma Mia producer Judy Craymer, Geri revealed to the press that she had made her outfit herself, with help from Emma Bunton with the hem.

Call us catty if you will, but even the briefest glance by the most short-sighted observer of her twee, lacy creation could confirm that this is not a surprising detail.

Geri it seems is stuck in a time-warp where it's perpetually the 1997 Brit Awards. In case there's anyone out there who hasn't heard the story 150 times, Geri famously designed her Union Jack mini-dress (yes, like the one she recently designed for Next), herself the night before the awards, and got her sister Karen to stitch a tea towel onto the front of the dress she was originally supposed to wear.

We had to hand it to her then - Cool Britannia™ was at its height, New Labour was on its way to Number 10, Oasis and Blur were battling it out in the charts, and along came Ginger in a shonky homemade tea-towel dress to make our perverted nation proud to be British. That dress even came top in an online poll to find the 10 most iconic dresses of the last 50 years for Christ's sake!

In the intervening years however, the other four have grown up and moved on: Baby, who came dressed as Kate Middleton's engagement portrait, has her radio show; Scary, wearing Lanvin (let down by tattoo) is big in Australia where she is a judge on Dancing With The Stars and the X Factor when she's not mingling in Hollywood and recording a new album; Sporty, wearing a spot-on (excuse the pun) Acne dress, is a top West End star; and Posh, in one of her own designs and Tom Ford boots, is an award-winning fashion designer.

But old rivalries die-hard it seems and not to be outdone by Beckham, Geri dusted off the sewing box to try and recreate the magic. Anything Posh can do…

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