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Victoria Beckham’s Best Airport Catwalks

Victoria Beckham once Tweeted “The airport is my runway” and à mon avis, never has a truer word been virtually uttered. As promised, in the run-up to the designer’s 40th birthday, I am dedicating a series of posts to the darling doyenne of the fashion world and today’s blog is a look back at some of Victoria’s chicest airport outfits. From Inspector Gadget-type get-ups to full-on runway regalia, Victoria Beckham always looks immaculate as she is about to board a flight. Ever the canny marketer, Victoria knows that she is the best ambassador for her own label and never misses an opportunity to showcase her designs as she catwalks through LAX or Heathrow, dressed in in an eponymously-labelled creation, combined with towering heels, a steely pout and her trademark shades. What a woman.

Arriving at LAX for a London-bound flight, Victoria channelled Inspector Gadget. Perfectly, may I add!

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Arriving in LA in 2007 to begin their new American life, Victoria starts as she means to go on, in figure-hugging Roland Mouret:

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Victoria, roll up the Partition please! VB looks decidedly chauffeur-like at Heathrow, in her bold Balmain and in-your-face Birkin combo:

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That time Victoria arrived at Heathrow as an Audrey Hepburn tribute act:

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I am sorry, but how can you look like this in an airport? QUEEN!

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That time she compromised and wore Lanvin flats to board a flight:

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The one time Victoria got it wrong. Very, very wrong. At least she’s human:

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She can do casual airport chic too, though:

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But she’s at her best when she’s strutting through an airport with Harper:

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Like, she really is:

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I mean, come on!

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But, yeah, keep walking towards greatness Victoria!

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And when you find a piece that works, design it in multiple colours and show it off as you fly to Paris:

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And why not wear it in a different colour as you arrive back in Heathrow from Paris Fashion Week?

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Victoria saves the best for JFK, though:

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Burberry beauty:

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More the Big Orange, than the Big Apple! (Sorry)

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Victoria mistaking Beijing Airport for a runway, but SLAYIN':

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Finally, fear not, because there was that one time in 2003, when Victoria’s ‘shits given’ level was in minus figures and this is what she wore to board a flight in Heathrow. (This was around the time VB was obsessed with making it as an edgy R ‘n’ B artist…)

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Victoria Beckham’s Best Quotes

 

My adulation for Victoria Beckham is no secret and as the fashion designer turns 40 this week, I thought it appropriate to dedicate a series of blog posts to the lady herself. First up is a collection of some her best and most inspiring (?) quotes with the pop princess-turned-style maven offering pearls of wisdom on everything from child rearing to her husband’s famous package. Victoria may have left her days as a naughty Spice Girl behind her, but even as she approaches the big FOUR O, she proves that she is still the same cheeky Essex girl she always was, despite being clad head-to-toe in eponymous designer creations. 

Her expert knowledge of sport:

“I don’t know much about football, but I know what a goal is and surely that’s the main thing about football.”

Her teenage ambition:

“I want to be as famous as Persil Automatic.” ICONIC BEYOND WORDS.

On her infamous pout:

“I actually used to smile a lot in pictures. I think I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion. Fashion stole my smile.”

On Goldenballs’, erm, golden balls:

“He does have a huge one, though. He does. You can see it in the advert. It is all his. It is like a tractor exhaust pipe.” Jaysis, Victoria.

 That time she could have been mistaken for Socrates:

“Sometimes the easiest things are always the hardest.” P-R-O-F-O-U-N-D.

On self-representation:

“I don’t want to be seen smiling or eating, perish the thought!”

She isn’t afraid to poke fun at herself:

“They always say ‘David is so handsome and she’s so funny’, which basically means you’re a pig with a sense of humour.”

 She says things like this and I think she’s actually being serious:

“I can’t concentrate in flats.”

The notions on her when she brought Harper shopping when she was still a newborn baby:

“I brought Harper into Prada and she loved it. It was as if she was saying ‘Mummy, I’m home.’”

She actually does have a grip on reality, though:

“You have to remember that when you’re a performer you become a celebrity, but you are not saving lives. It’s not that important.”

Proving that she and David are the most perfect celebrity parents:

“My children bloody will work!” Same as myself, same as David. They’re not going to be kids who just hang about. I want them to be able to fulfil their passions, but I think it’s important that the children grow up and have respect for themselves.”

When she loves something:

“This is MAJOR!”

ANYTIME you ask her what her clothing line is about:

“It’s about empowering women.” EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

She now expresses the 90’s Girl Power zeitgeist of the Spice Girls with a more grown-up grasp on feminism:

“It is thought provoking how a man in charge can be described as commanding, but a woman in the same situation may be called bossy.”

The pros and cons of being a style icon:

“I love my heels, but I have to go to a sex shop to get this spray to polish them.”

She is kind to animals and paints her dog’s nails to make her feel glam:

“It is dog-friendly nail polish, before we even go there because I know that is an issue. She’s a bulldog and she needs all the help she can get. We try to feminize her a little bit and make her feel sexy.”

She has the same concerns as the rest of us:

“I’m getting really self-conscious that I’m starting to look like a miserable bitch.”

And finally, some solid life advice:

“If you haven’t got it, fake it!”

Never change, Victoria. EVER. Happy 40th Birthday, you perfect creature.

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In appreciation of Victoria Beckham’s superiority

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On the opening night of Viva Forever! last year it was clear that for Victoria Beckham, her days as a Spice Girl were incongruent with her reinvented image as a world-renowned fashion designer and any bubble-gum pop and pseudo-Feminist declarations had no place in her high-end ‘aesthetic.’ She refused to enter the theatre with her former band mates, instead choosing to enter at the last minute with “David and the boys”, and together they posed and marched to their seats as if their entrance was a prelude to the arrival of William and Kate. Here are some of my favourite instances whereby Victoria is literally too fab to be dealin’ with mediocrity.

The 2012 Olympics

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Clearly the most anticipated event of the 2012 Olympics was the reunion of Scary, Ginger, Baby, Sporty and Posh on stage together for the first time since their ill-fated 2007 comeback tour. And the ladies didn’t disappoint as they zig-ah-zig-ah’d their way around the place after arriving to the stage in black cabs. But of course, as ever, all eyes were on Victoria, as she shamelessly posed while Geri and the gals gave it socks with the dance moves. This was genius and is pretty much how I feel about life.

The Viva Forever! press conference

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In her 2001 (hit?) song, Not Such an Innocent Girl (which I obviously adore and is well worth the listen, for hilarity’s sake), Victoria tried to sing sang, “Would it shatter your illusions if this angel had a past?” Well, fast-forward a little over a decade and Victoria clearly thinks that even by touching a Spice Girl, Anna Wintour will banish her to the fashion abyss, trapped forever between a pair of boot-cut jeans and a Von Dutch cap. With her signature pose and pout, Victoria sends out a very clear message that she is way too famous and important to be here. Things to do and markets to be conquering and all that… (Also, don’t you love how baffled / disgusted Victoria is by Mel B in the second pic?)

The Viva Forever! opening night

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Oh what a bloody treat this photo is. THE SHADE of it all. Take a few moments to appreciate Victoria LITERALLY MORTIFIED. Dressed head-to-toe in Isabel Marant, Victoria looks effortlessly stylish next to the hun-tastic glamour of Mel B, et al, but the moment of the night came when Melanie Brown herself, the scoundrel, praised the musical with profanity. Victoria squirms on stage and tries to hide her face from the sheer vulgarity of it all. Even the way she applauds smacks of regal aspiration. So so fab.

Turning her back on Gandy

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Geri, Emma and the two Mels needn’t worry, they’re not the only ones VB ignores! Victoria is definitely the only woman in the world who would let sacrifice cosying up to Gandy on the altar of vanity. We have seen Victoria pose on the red carpet with her hands in her pockets and her left leg protruding for dear life, but in a group photo such as this, it’s beyond comical – so much so that it’s actually iconic. It has to be said though, that Antonio, Roland and David are all donning their best Blue Steels in this Vogue dinner snap as well, so Victoria’s self-indulgence is perfectly acceptable.

The Bambi Awards 2013

The video had me chucking, so it did! From the moment Victoria steps onto the red carpet, THE POSE is on. And I mean seriously on! She doesn’t walk, but she sways and sashays, her chin almost impossibly-angled to make sure she is never caught off-guard. It must be oh-so tedious being VB! Enjoy the rehearsed speeches and superlative praise for Karl Lagerfied in this video too! Everything she does, be it consciously or unconsciously has that delicious air of supremacy off of it. #goals

Her accent

To complete her metamorphosis, Victoria has discarded her Essex twang and traded it in for a much more fashion-friendly accent, which is very plum-in-mouth. Victoria now speaks with a much softer sound than she did in her Spice Girls days, as she is less nasally and her vowels are much rounder. Think she could send David to the same elocutionist? *Victowwwwwiahh* (Check out this video against the BAMBI one for comparative purposes, because hey, what else would you be doing?) The 1997 video is a little gem and VB sounds proper Cockney!

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My favourite awful pop songs (that are really just guilty pleasures)

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By Jamie Tuohy

I have a confession to make, this post is billing itself as my favourite AWFUL pop songs, but in reality, these are probably my favourite songs full stop. However, for the purposes of self-preservation (which now seems rather pointless in the face of my revelation) and the feigning of any proper musical taste, I’ve decided to compile a list of the best 5 pop icons flops. From Kim Kardashian to Paris Hilton, sometimes songs are so dreadful that you have to look beyond the ear-ache-inducing clamour and just accept that they are simply genius and iconic.

Jam (Turn It Up) – Kim Kardashian

Not that I am in the business of likening Kim Kardashian’s musical efforts to significant events in Irish history, but when W.B. Yeats wrote of the Irish 1916 Rising that “a terrible beauty is born”, it seems a rather fitting description of Kim Kardashian’s hilarious attempt at singing. Sorry Willy. “I’m goin’ out tonight, it’s goin’ down, headin’ straight to the front of the line”, she mutters in the most deliciously monotone and uninterested voice you’ve ever heard. Watch the above video and try not to acknowledge how monstrously glorious this song really is. Thank you so much Kimberley, this really is a gift.

Stars are Blind – Paris Hilton

Ah, Paris. I remember the day the video for Stars are Blind premiered on MTV way back in 2006. I was 12 and on holidays in Bulgaria with my family. Of course, the only thing on my mind that day was how exactly I was going to see Paris’ debut. So, cunningly, as my family lounged by the pool, I suddenly came over all dizzy and clenched my stomach for dramatic effect. When my mother suggested I go to bed back in the apartment for a few hours, I reluctantly agreed and selflessly told everyone to stay by the pool. “I’ll be fine, I’ll just sleep it off.” Muahahahaha, you fools! As soon as I glided through the door and made some popcorn, I danced forebodingly around the apartment waiting for Paris to come on and wow me with her vocals. And wow me she did. Paris, you were my guilty pleasure in 2006 and in 2013, nothing has changed.

This Groove – Victoria Beckham

2003 marked a pivotal year for the Beckhams and indeed for me. As David signed his deal with Real Madrid, Victoria decided to head back into the studio and this was the beginning of my obsession with them. It was the kind of obsession that makes Directioners and Beliebers look sane. These were the days when Victoria’s D&G obsession was at its height and diamond-encrusted Jacob & Co. watches were synonymous with Posh ‘n’ Becks. When they released their Real Beckhams DVD, detailing David’s move to Spain and Victoria’s vocal exploits, it became a type of Bible for me. The Gospel according to the Beckhams was punctuated by the chimes of Victoria and This Groove is one of my favourites. Ah, it takes me back.

Let Your Head Go – Victoria Beckham *Amazing video alert, just sayin’*

Yes, I know, Victoria gets to appear twice, but I’m not going to lie; I’d fill this post up with her albums if I could. Let Your Head Go was released as a double-A side with This Groove and it’s probably one of Victoria’s best. I don’t mean to fill this paragraph with superlatives, but the video is mind-blowingly brilliant. It sees Victoria playing an exaggerated version of herself, where she tears up clothes and flowers, has nightmares where she sees her head on a crow, as she edges closer to a coveted OBE (remember David had just received one in 2003) and we get to see her being taken away by psychologists as she descends into an imagined madness. Hamlet say whaaah? If you watch one video from this post, make it Let Your Head Go. It will change your life. If you’re unwilling to watch it all (ARE YOU CRAZY??!), then skip to the end, where you can see Victoria sitting on a throne, polishing her crown. And that’s not a euphemism. How amazing is she?!

Insatiable – (KWEEN) Nadine Coyle

Okay, we all know how I feel about Nadine and I’m sure nobody thinks that I truly believe this song is awful or a guilty pleasure. I obviously adore this woman and think she’s flawlessly gifted, but I’m told this song is a dreadful flop (ugh, peasants), so it seems appropriate to include Insatiable as the final tune in this list. Nadine’s ‘exclusive retailing deal with Tesco’ failed to set the charts alight and Insatiable didn’t have the same industry impact as Cheryl’s debut song Fight for This Love did. But, bless, you have to love Nadine for trying. Apparently she recorded most of this song in her bathroom because ‘theeee acooosticks wur beytur’ and surprisingly you can’t even hear the sound of a toilet flushing in the background. Hair flicking, dodgy accents and mediocre marketing: it’s all perfection. Love you long time Nadine.

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Behind the scenes on Victoria Beckham’s Elle cover shoot

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Check out this behind the scenes video from Victoria Beckham’s Elle cover shoot!

Looking stunning in Burberry on the March cover of fashion bible Elle, Victoria Beckham tells the magazine about her insecurities, her family dynamic and her work ethic.

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On her work ethic:

“It was never my intention to prove anybody wrong. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I don’t have to work, I need to work. All these people [her fellow fashion designers], they’ve not just been given anything. They’ve worked hard. And I’ve never been given anything either. But I have a good work ethic; David has an incredible work ethic. I want my kids to have a good work ethic. I believe you can achieve anything if you work hard enough to get it.

You’ve got to trust people. And because I am a control freak, sometimes that’s difficult for me, because I want to micro-manage absolutely everything. I can’t hand over. But I’m trying to do that more. It’s hard because I have such a specific vision.”

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On the Spice Girls and insecurities:

“When I was on stage with the Spice Girls, I thought people were there to see the other four and not me. And when I go out with David and people take pictures I think, ‘They’re here to take David’s picture.”

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On her kids:

“You know what they say to me, because I’m not the best cook, although I try really hard? They always say to me, ‘Mummy, we know that the main ingredient in what you make is love’.”

The full interview appears in the March issue of Elle magazine, on sale January 30.

See the behind-the-scenes video below:

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Celebrity Accent Changes | Jamie Tuohy

Everyone remembers Tom Cruise’s AWFUL attempt at an Irish accent in Far and Away. His potato-wielding, leprechaun accent was truly horrendous and sadly he isn’t the only star to annihilate the Irish tones.  Of course, actors and actresses will be required to change their accent to suit the dialect of their character’s origins and therefore, in pop culture, there are a host of good, bad and downright strange accent impressions floating around. Here are some of the best and worst, and also, I’ve decided to take a look at some stars who have randomly changed their accent to suit their image, or in some cases, to cling onto their dwindling relevance.

The Good:

Hugh Laurie

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As Dr. Gregory House, in the TV show House, Hugh Laurie’s American accent is impeccable. It’s not surprising that most people are shocked to learn that Laurie is British, hailing from Oxford, and found fame alongside Stephen Fry in Blackadder and Fry and Laurie.

Ed Westwick

As the smooth-talking Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl, British actor Ed Westwick has mastered the Upper-East Side lingo and managed to pull off a seriously impressive New York accent.

Cate Blanchett

Portraying the life and death of tragic Irish journalist, Veronica Guerin, Cate Blanchett delivered a poignant and convincing performance and her mastery of the Irish accent was spot-on!

The Bad

Tom Cruise:

No words. That accent was extremely FAR and a long way AWAY from Ireland.

Mischa Barton

Considering Mischa Barton was born in Britain, one would expect her impression of her mother tongue to be slightly better than the disastrous effort she put forth in St. Trinians. As JJ French, she scarcely even  tried to mimic British tones.

Brad Pitt

And once again, we have a case of the destruction of an Irish accent on the big screen. Brad’s imitation of the Irish brogue was bad enough in The Devil’s Own to last us a lifetime. Why he decided to break it out again in Snatch, I’ll never know. Accents, as Pitt has admitted, aren’t his strong point. Too true Brad, too true!

The Suspicious:

Nadine Coyle

“I’m from Derry. Date of birth: 15/6/85, making me a Gemini and … what date of birth did I say there?” Remember that? Nadine Coyle’s infamous lie on the Irish Popstars show is testament to the old adage of “every cloud has a silver lining.” Since becoming 1/5 of Girls Aloud, Nadine has become a bigger star than she ever could have as part of Six. She now resides in LA and consequently, has adopted a hilarious transatlantic accent, comprising of a strong Derry tone and strange Californian inflections.

Madonna

Give me strength. Madge, you were born in Detroit. Where are you going with the London accent? Get a grip, woman!

Victoria Beckham

VB has undergone a metamorphosis in recent years, swapping the champagne, WAG lifestyle, for a sophisticated career as a fashion designer and world-renowned style icon. Long gone are the days of her ‘zig-ah-zig-ahh-ing’, as Victoria has lost her Essex twang and traded it in for a more fashion-friendly accent.

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The shocking pictures of Victoria Beckham the world thought they’d NEVER see | Jamie Tuohy

Victoria Beckham usually never steps outside the door looking anything less than immaculately groomed in one of her signature creations, so it must come as huge shock to see the fashion designer in a tracksuit, perish the thought.

And breathe … yes, it’s true!

The woman who once said she’s never smile, wear a tracksuit or don flats was spotted in this uber-relaxed attire, as she dropped her son Brooklyn to tennis camp.

Looking more Sporty Spice than Posh Spice, the former singer retained her signature oversized shades, but otherwise, there wasn’t a pencil dress or stiletto in sight.

Anyone expecting an astronomical surge in the amount of luminous green trainers being purchased by soccer moms all over the world in the next few weeks?

Victoria smiling/smirking, in flats and in a tracksuit. She has broken her own fashion rules!

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Spicing up the Olympics’ Closing Ceremony | Jamie Tuohy

Feast your eyes on these pictures! The Spice Girls are in rehearsals for the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics.

After much speculation, it was reported that Victoria, Geri, Mel C, Mel B and Emma would reunite solely for the closing ceremony of London 2012 and despite no official confirmation from the girls themselves (apart from Victoria’s TwitPic of a jewel encrusted microphone), these pictures are all the proof we need!

The five-piece were spotted at the Ford car plant in Dagenham yesterday, gearing up for their performance at the star-studded closing ceremony, which is set to feature the likes of One Direction, Coldplay and many more.

The Wannabe chart-toppers were spotted on top of classic black cabs and while all the girls looked relaxed and casual, Victoria didn’t compromise on style – letting everyone know who the world-renowned fashion designer is, in skyscraper heels and skin-tight leather trousers.

Rumours were rife in the run-up to the Games as to whether or not the Spice Girls would be on the closing ceremony bill and with talk of a feud between Victoria and Mel B; plans of a reunion looked dubious.

However, as the band rehearsed in the sun yesterday, they looked friendly and content and come Sunday, they are sure to SPICE UP ALL OUR LIVES.

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Beyonce and Jay Z are Forbes Top Earning Celeb Couple | Jamie Tuohy

Beyoncé and Jay Z have overtaken Gisele Bündchen and her husband Tom Brady as the world’s top-earning celebrity couple, taking home a whopping $78m in the last year alone.

Proving that even maternity leave can’t impinge on her earnings, according to Forbes’ 2012 list of the highest-paid celebrities, the power-couple have moved from second place to the top spot, thanks to royalties from Beyoncé’s music and House of Dereon fashion line, as well as her husband’s hugely successful collaborative tour, Watch the Throne with Kanye West.

Given that Beyoncé hasn’t worked all that much since giving birth to daughter Blue Ivy, in January of this year, the statistics are even more impressive and she even managed to bring home $2million more than her husband Jay Z, who added $38million to the couple’s wealth.

 

Last year’s top earners, Gisele Bündchen and her NFL player husband Tom Brady brought home an impressive $72million last year, and while Gisele remains as the world’s highest-paid model, both she and Tom were relegated into second place by the superstar musicians.

David and Victoria Beckham rounded up the top three, jumping up one place from last year, with a cool $54million added to the wealth of Brand Beckham. Thanks to David’s endorsement deals and contract with LA Galaxy, combined with the massive success of Victoria’s eponymous dress line, Posh ‘n’ Becks have seen their fortune rise significantly in the last year and Victoria is still raking in the royalties from her Spice Girl days.

Nice work if you can get it!

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Victoria Beckham ads some SPECS APPEAL to her Fashion Empire | Jamie Tuohy

Many businesspeople have created innovative and exciting new products because of their own personal needs and lack of availability in the market. They simply couldn’t find what they wanted, so they made it themselves. And Victoria Beckham’s latest design creation is no different.

Adding to her ever-expanding fashion empire, the 38-year-old mother of four has just revealed that she has designed an optical line, in partnership with Cutler & Gross.

The short-sighted designer said that she needs glasses herself, but failed to find a suitably stylish pair.

“I do need to wear glasses — [but] I haven’t found glasses that suit me or that I particularly like,” Beckham told WWD. “I’ve always been quite self-conscious [about this], so that’s why I’ve decided to do them myself.”

Victoria already has a successful line of high-end sunglasses in her VB range and adding prescription frames was a natural progression for her.

Beckham’s new line will feature six different frames and will be debuted at Silmo Paris on Oct. 4.  Adding to that, each style will be available in three different colours and Victoria insisted that she will now have no qualms about wearing glasses in public, saying,

“I will be wearing my glasses now, and it will be nice to see where I will be going for once.”

True to form, quality is something which was of the utmost importance to Victoria and each pair of glasses has gone through four weeks of production and a whopping 37 different assembly processes.

Victoria has been seen modelling a pair of her frames in the September issue of US Glamour, which she also guest edited and it’s good news for us guys too because these handcrafted Italian glasses are unisex.

As these are Victoria Beckham creations, they are a little pricey, starting at over 400 big ones, but for Victoria Beckham’s most loyal customers (i.e. the mega-rich), this will be pocket change and a must-have purchase.

The glasses will be available in retailers from January 2013.

Oh to be rich…and to actually need glasses, to justify purchasing…

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