In a new interview with Business of Fashion, slated to appear in the publication's second special print edition, Victoria Beckham describes the makings of her unlikely design career. Since launching her eponymous contemporary label in 2008, the former Spice Girl has won the admiration and respect of the fashion industry, in a climate where most celebrity attempts at design are treated with scorn (just ask Kanye).
But Beckham's initial forays into fashion were treated with skeptism: “For a long time there, I was a bit of a laughingstock,” she tells BoF. “And while everybody was busy laughing, what was I doing? I was laying the foundation to what I have in place now.”
Her first few attempts at design were through licensing agreements with mass market brands like Linda Farrow (eyewear), Rock & Republic (denim) and Coty (fragrance). “At the time, I wanted to design and the opportunities came up to work with these people. They had the setup so I went in as a designer and I loved it,” she says of these early experiences. “I learnt an enormous amount about how I like things to be done and maybe how I would do things differently, myself. It was an incredible experience.”