Friday, January 10, 2014

Victoria and David Beckham Cover Vogue Paris

Victoria & David Beckham on the cover of Vogue Paris, December 2013/January 2014.

About two days after Christmas I already had the post-Christmas blahs and needed a little lift. I knew just where to get it! I headed to Barnes & Noble to buy the Vogue Paris I had spied on Christmas Eve, but didn’t let myself buy, thinking I needed to focus on presents for my kids, not buy a $16 magazine for me!

I did have a look at it however, and I loved what I saw, starting with the very romantic cover. Victoria and David make a great-looking couple and he is in a tux, while she is in a gorgeous green silk crêpe gown by Lanvin and stunning vintage emerald and diamond earrings by Bulgari. Inside are more simple clothes, subdued makeup, and beautiful gems. The photos are by Inez & Vinoodh, who seem to be everywhere right now.

I love these amazing earrings by Bulgari.

I put the magazine back on the shelves on Christmas Eve but wound up buying it a few days later. I only buy Vogue Paris once a year, if that, and since I never throw any issues out, I can’t work up the guilt over the price.

Victoria is the guest editor of the December 2013/January 2014 issue, so there are articles on her beauty routines and what products she likes, the photo shoot with David, plus personal photos, including her gigantic Hermès collection (she does like her Birkins!), and a funny spread featuring models that look like her and David and inspired by the paparazzi constantly taking their photos.

The beauty section features a 60s look on Victoria.

This look is right up my alley. Blouse by Burberry Prorsum. Photo by Terry Richardson.

Yes to the dress, yes to the bag! Photo by Terry Richardson.

Her Hermès collection runneth over!

I know some people have negative opinions of Victoria Beckham but I can’t help it, I like her. I was never bothered that she was a Spice Girl who turned her eye toward becoming a designer. She clearly loves fashion and she had an opportunity to start a company. I say, why not? I was not into her style when she was a pop star or the scandalously-clad WAG (Wife and Girlfriend) of a soccer phenomenon, but now that she is the (mostly) buttoned-up head of a fashion line, I find it a lot more interesting. The ladylike look suits her so much better than the wild clothes of her earlier years.

David & Victoria on the cover of W, August 2007.

The Vogue Paris pictorial is so very different from the one Victoria and David did back in 2007 for W. My my my, that was one racy spread. I saw it in a doctor’s office and could not stop laughing at the sheer outrageousness of these two world-famous people posing in this way for a major American magazine! I won’t show it all but here is one of the cleaner pictures. You can Google the rest.

I do love Victoria’s manicure, ring, and eye makeup in this shot from W, August 2007!

This Vogue Paris feature is worlds away from that W tawdriness, and has the couple formerly known as Posh & Becks looking so glamorous and wonderful. I love the romance and fantasy of it, to tell you the truth. They probably do too.

The subscriber cover. This is such a great photo of them!

Now if I can just translate the very lengthy interview with Victoria to find out how she is juggling a foxy husband, four cute kids, and a growing fashion empire! Let me get out my French-English dictionary and get cracking. Comment dit-on “lots of money and help” en français?


Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

What a gorgeous couple!

I agree, the newer shots are so much better. Sexy sophistication.

Now if I could only get my hands on one of those Hermes bags! Seriously… that is insane. And yes I may be drooling all over my keyboard right now.


Cate said...

They are both so devastatingly gorgeous I can't handle it. Along with many other teeny boppers I was a major Spice Girls fan back in the day (and I admit I soaked up every moment of the reunion at the Olympics!) I happen to love her style, but I totally agree with you about her footballer's wife style- it was awful! Now she just always looks so glamorous and I happen to find her designs beautiful. I might need to run out and pick this magazine up for myself!

Coulda shoulda woulda said...

this is so much better than the W spread they did years ago. This is so sweet and romantic and she looks so beautiful. She has come such a long way. I think she finally has found herself. David and Victoria do their school run themselves very near where I normally live! I should take you if you visit :) I might buy this as well and see what the article is like. but I have to say her dresses are amazing - she may not design it but she sure does choose an amazing cutter! xx

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

How can they not be admired, at least for their incredible beauty?
I wish them both well. And I LOVE her design aesthetic. Especially the bags. It's always the bags and shoes for me, and wearing them, they're even more enviable.

Liz said...

I love this post. I too much prefer how Victoria dresses today than all those years ago. I have great admiration for her, being a mum of four and running her business empire. I love those emeralds too! xxx

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the spread on the Beckham's. I absolutely adore this couple - they look fabulous and have impeccable style.
What's not to love?!!!

Housewife in Heels said...

Hasn't she come a long way. They are a beautiful couple.

Paula Ruta said...

I just wish she would smile more! I know, I know, it's her style. And she makes fun of herself too like the photo of herself decorating the top of the tree with her doll???? Cheeky.


Ooh, wish I could get my hands on that issue...but then again, all in French would drive me crazy because I LOVE reading interviews with VB. I think she is FAB! She is proof that most of the world's style mavens grow into their style, it's an evolution. And we all have made a fashion faux pas...or our sartorial lives.

This shoot is radically different than the 2007 version, because VB has grown up and she completely changed her style. I've been following her and admiring her for years on my blog, and I read her book That Extra Half an Inch (adorable)...she is tremendously down to earth and her English wit is so charming.

I'm glad you shared some of the images from your issue with us! Thanks!

PinkCheetahVintage said...

They're both such hotties! I actually liked tha Spice Girls! lolzzz
I want to come steal your collection of French Vogues!

Dawn Lucy said...

What a fun post! This glam couple is fashion royalty for sure!

Cloud of Secrets said...

I confess to curiosity about their "real" home life if they get such moments, and their private...well, how shall I put it. Private continuing marital interests? I do think "lots of money and help" must help a great deal!

Catherine Robinson said...

I like her too; I think she is fabulous...they are both great role models and I wish the British press would recognise it!

Jill said...

Oh wow, these were not the comments I was expecting, to tell you the truth, but how fun to find out that more people like them than I first thought! I must be reading the wrong things because it seemed there are a lot of people who don't like the Beckhams, either individually, or as a couple! I agree with everyone here who has enjoyed watching the evolution of Victoria's style, it has gotten so much better over the years. And I have always had a positive image of David--a terrific athlete, so good-looking, so down-to-earth, and a great ambassador for soccer and British athletes in general! Plus I love that he is always so supportive of Victoria, in any endeavor she takes on.

Hey Vahni, I have Victoria's book too!

And Becky, I only own 3 French Vogues. They have to be special for me to spend that kind of money on a magazine! The last one I bought featured Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on the cover a year ago. That was a good issue too.

Thank you to everyone who commented! XO, Jill

No fear of fashion said...

What a nice post. Love your last remark haha. But I agree, I like them as well and in particular Victoria. She had to make her way against all odds (read: nasty comments). And she did. I love her clothes, I love her style. It must be murder though having to look this good all the time. I saw a few documentaries about her and she comes across as a nice person. I know it is directed but still... I believe it.
(Found you through Jan, Fort Smith Stylista)