The ever-evolving style icon shows her serious side with a fashion line that is selling out as fast as she can produce it
Embroidered tulle V-neck gown, Valentino
Nude satin-and-elastane bra, satin briefs with lace inserts, both, Dolce & Gabbana
Over shoes, Victoria Beckham deliberates like Goldilocks, but in reverse. Instead of finding something comfy—comfy being a word entirely absent from her lexicon—she appears to search for the pair that could land her in traction. “I don’t want anything middle-of-the-road,” she says, scanning the selection before seizing a Nina Ricci bootie with a platform toe and completely heelless back. It creates a not-quite-human silhouette, as if the wearer were standing en pointe—or were equipped with an elegant set of hooves. Middle-of-the-road? In these shoes, most women couldn’t get off the curb. Beckham—now six inches taller than her usual 5’6″—trots across the floor. “What d’you think, Romeo?” she asks, ruffling her seven-year-old son’s hair. “Mummy, those shoes are crazy,” he says, impressed.
As her friend Eva Longoria says: “Victoria is a mom and a wife first, but I always say she must be the sexiest, most stylish mother in the world.” The day before this shoe-stravaganza, Beckham arrived for an interview at the Beverly Hills Hotel, where tennis whites and pearl chokers are still de rigueur, in spiky black Louboutin booties, a slinky, black, long-sleeved Thomas Wylde shirt open down to there, and about three miles of glossy, supertan leg. Allegedly, there were shorts, but the effect was of utter pantslessness. Romeo, wearing snappy black overalls and a mini dog-tag necklace, was dragging a teddy bear named Kobe Bryant facedown through the lobby on a leash. Ten-year-old Brooklyn and four-year-old Cruz were at home “creating chaos in the pool,” but Romeo, the family’s budding fashionisto, wanted to see mummy’s magazine moment. “His outfit was a gift from John Galliano,” Beckham says. “When he got it, he was so excited he wouldn’t take it off for three days.”
Two years after Britain’s most famous family transitioned to Tinseltown (see Victoria Beckham: Coming to America), the woman formerly known as Posh has been reborn. “You know, I love America. It’s such a positive country,” she says. “When people say to me, ‘How long did it take for you to adjust? Poor you, it must’ve been really difficult’—poor me? I’m living in Beverly Hills. I’m very, very lucky. I wake up every morning and I recognize that I’m blessed.”
She has settled into her own slightly surreal version of reality: dropping the kids off at school every morning, hitting the gym (a new development for a woman who has long declared she never exercises); working on her fashion line, DVB by Victoria Beckham, by day; hanging out with Tony and Eva and Tom and Katie by night. The previous evening, she says, she and husband David joined buddies Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony for a late-night, jeans-and-sweatshirts show of The Hangover. And did the foursome hunker down in a private screening room? “We go to a normal theater!” Beckham insists. One with underground parking.
The Beckhams have new his-and-hers tattoos to celebrate both their tenth anniversary and the end of one of the toughest spots in their marriage. While David was on loan to a soccer team in Milan for six and a half months, Victoria was at loose ends. “I felt like someone had chopped my arm off, to be completely honest,” she says. “Everything we do, we do together. I very rarely go out on my own, unless it’s a work commitment.” Holed up at home, the self-described “squarest woman in Beverly Hills” would tuck in the kids and console herself with TV box sets.