Victoria Beckham gets Twitter jitters as she unveils new collection at New York Fashion Week - 13/09/10
She may be finally establishing herself as a bona fide fashion designer.
But Victoria Beckham still had an attack of stage fright before unveiling her latest collection at New York Fashion Week.
Moments before the models were about to walk down the catwalk, Mrs Beckham posted a message on her Twitter account which read: 'About to go!!!! Excited!!! Nervous!!!!'
In hindsight, she need not have worried - the collection was well received and marked another milestone in her ambition to be seen as not just a celebrity, but a serious designer too.
As she eases into her career - relaxing now the fashion world is still taking her seriously five seasons on - her new spring/summer collection is further proof Victoria is growing in confidence and cementing her status as a respected designer.
Victoria, who has no formal fashion training, is rather accomplished at moving her designs forward while remaining true to her very first show: the structured simplicity of a VB dress is ironically what makes it stand out.
Victoria takes the unusual step of personally narrating her show on the chic set designed by Kelly Hoppen, and with each explanation of a boned bodice or bias cut, her credibility shoots up.
The collection itself, the usual neutral palette dotted with brights - splashes of purple and yellow - is sure to be a massive hit among her growing legion of fans.
For her first piece, a purple short dress, Victoria said she took a metre and a half of bright parachute silk and draped it around herself, experimenting until she perfected the knot-waist dress that was to open her show.
She is particularly proud of a white matte gazar gown with sculptural pleated shoulders and a waistband adorned with linked microbeads as she claimed she 'pushed herself with the dress', vowing to wear it to her next big event.
Amid a sea of monochrome and metallics, she paid tribute to the Sixties - another nod to Mad Men hysteria sweeping the industry.
But loyal customers will also be relieved the classic shift and the elegant evening gown are still staple pieces.
This time, she has also branched out into structured handbags for the fifth collection held at an elegant mansion off Fifth Avenue to a small, select group of editors, retailers and stylists.
Regardless of what the critics have to say - although Victoria (the designer) has always been well received in the press - she certainly knows how to make a dress wearable.
And she has the following to prove it: From Jennifer Lopez to Carol Vorderman, Victoria has proved that although she may look pencil-thin, her clients need not. To send the message across, the brunette even banned size zero models from the show.
The Spice Girl, who has chosen to continue presenting her collection during New York fashion week rather than London said: 'I love New York, and I live in America now; this is my home, Well, this is closest to my home.'
And in case anyone thought her new job has resulted in the fashionista neglecting her family, Victoria even used footballer husband David as a source of inspiration.
She said: 'I had to put something in David could use. You can take this on the plane and throw your tracksuit in there - it really does fit everything.'
Of course, there's a Victoria bag, too - polished and square - much like the designer herself.
Victoria, although dressed in her uniform of short black dress and stiletto heels (Brian Atwood this time, also worn by the models) certainly appears more at ease.
Gone is her gamine crop, replaced with long waves and a soft expression - she even managed a smile.
And judging by the show's success, she has a lot to be happy about.
The collection was certainly better judged than Mrs Beckham's most recent promotional venture, when she and husband David, 35, launched their fragrance Intimately Yours with a toe- curling advert in which they kissed and fondled one another in a lift.
The scent, so they claimed, was 'designed to capture the essence of David and Victoria Beckham's passion and the power of their relationship'.
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