Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Heiress vs Penniless: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Style Dresses


In the last week she's celebrated turning 38 with a fruit platter in LA; caused controversy by posing as an air hostess on a Cathay flight en route to China; launched the limited-edition Range Rover Evoque that she's designed (which comes complete with an £80,000 price tag); helped a Starbucks barista whip up a couple of frappuccinos; and presented her Victoria Beckham aw12 collection in Beijing.  

Who is she?  Spice Girl turned WAG turned fashionista and all round super mum, Victoria Beckham of course.  



Today VB arrives in Hong Kong to celebrate the debut of her Victoria by Victoria Beckham ss12 collection at Lane Crawford.  We'll be watching Twitter like hawks for photos of Victoria serving Big Macs in IFC McDonalds or lying roadside on Queen's Road Central with the bag lady (for non-HKers, see photo of one of Hong Kong's most famous landmarks below)...




We have to admit that we were a little sceptical when Victoria Beckham first turned her hand to fashion design back in 2008.  With only two years between the hot pants and hair extensions of Baden-Baden and the launch of her Debut line at New York Fashion Week, VB undoubtedly pulled one of the greatest fashion transformations since Nicole Ritchie have her Zoe-over.  From that very first collection, we've been huge fans of Victoria's dresses.  Razor sharp tailoring and total va va voom sex appeal but with the practical touches that remind us she's a working Mum (hidden corsets and two way zips to adjust to the wearer's stride and prevent hair and make-up malfunctions).  The only minor issue being that her designs always sell out as fast as retailers can restock.  Oh, and the hefty four figure price tags...  

Last autumn at New York Fashion Week with six week old baby Harper on her hip, Victoria launched her diffusion line, Victoria, Victoria Beckham and our VB crushes heightened.  The Victoria line is quirkier, fresher and younger.  The ss12 collection included ruffles and pockets, fun prints (moons, cats and clouds) and colour-blocking in crayon bright hues.  With prices for the line running from £395 to just under £1,000, it's a little more gentle on your pocket but still out of most of our price ranges. 

So what's a girl with a craving for a slice of the VB magic to do?  Well the high street has really stepped up to the challenge and whipped up some fantastic pieces with a healthy pinch of the Victoria line thrown in this season.  We bring you Victoria, Victoria Beckham inspired dresses for less than the cost of one of Harper's socks      

Heiress: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Sequinned Cloud-Print Georgette Dress
£795
Image via: www.net-a-porter.com

Images via: www.style.com

Penniless: Zara Printed Dress with Contrasting Collar
£35.99


Image via: www.zara.com

£12

Image via: direct.asda.com


€69
Image via: www.cosstores.com

£485

Images via: www.net-a-porter.com

Image via: www.style.com

£120
Image via: www.frenchconnection.com

£30

Image via: www.topshop.com

€125
Image via: www.cosstores.com


£395
Image via: www.net-a-porter.com

£95
Image via: www.whistles.co.uk

Heiress: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Catwalk ss12

Image via: www.style.com

€69

Image via: www.cosstores.com


Heiress: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Catwalk ss12

Image via: www.style.com

£50
Image via: www.lipsy.co.uk

£50
Image via: www.warehouse.co.uk

£10

Image via: direct.asda.com

£78
Image via: www.lipsy.co.uk


Heiress: Victoria, Victoria Beckham Catwalk ss12

Image via: www.style.com

£32

Image via: www.asos.com

£620

Image via: www.net-a-porter.com


£149

Image via: www.asos.com

And to finish this post, a word of warning, no one likes a copycat.  This rip off of VB's cat dress does Towie's Sam Faiers no favours.  It's not big (enough) and it's not clever...

Image via: www.dailymail.co.uk

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